One person identified as Muhsin Abdallah was feared killed on Tuesday when the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command dispersed protesting members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) at Maitama, Abuja.
The IMN spokesperson, Ibrahim Musa, alleged that “the police fired at the Shi’ites procession killing Muhsin Abdallah and injuring others.
Ascertaining the total numbers of injured protesters is almost impossible and some of the victims are just individuals going about their daily rountine.
However, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command said it dispersed the procession by members of the proscribed IMN.
Stressing that any protest that infringes on the peoples right to freedom of movement is unlawful and unacceptable
The police in a statement signed by the command spokesperson, Mariam Yusuf, said some members of IMN went on a rampage
Destroying public property and attacking innocent citizens including police officers with stones and other dangerous objects.
“Unfortunately, the members of the disbanded sect went on a rampage destroying public property
While attacking innocent citizens including Police Officers with stones and other dangerous objects.
There seem to be so much determination and unity amongst this sect group, although their act can be tagged unlawful
Non-Condolence-One Feared Dead
“The Command emphasised non-condolence of any form of attack on its personnel, equipment or other public property,”
Invariably, the police will stop at nothing to ensure residents are safe and can go about their daily hustle fearless
The police presented pictures of injured police officers and a damaged patrol van as evidences to the unpeaceful protest claim
The police command also reiterate that police will never dismiss any form of peaceful protest as long as the protesters are civil and well
We hope this will not escalates into a total show of violence says the police command
It is however easier to pass your message peacefully than violently, he summitted