Police Fire Shots, Teargas On Protesting Shi’ites

The Nigerian Police on Friday dispersed a procession of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) otherwise known as Shi’ites members in Abuja.

Recall that Shi’ites had raised an alarm that the Nigerian Police had concluded plans to kill its members during their planned religious procession.

During the procession, the police reportedly fired tear gas canisters and gunshots in the air, forcing the processing Shi’ites and other passers-by to disperse.

The Shi’ites planned to hold a procession on Saturday, in commemoration of their annual Arbaeen trek, sparking fears of another confrontation with security operatives

Meanwhile, in a statement issued by Abdullahi Musa on behalf of the Academic Forum of the Islamic movement, it noted that they had to shift the procession back to Friday following an intelligence-gathering that the Police had planned to attack them.

“This year’s Arabaeen symbolic trek here in Abuja had been scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, 19 October 2019.


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