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No Shiite protester killed, 57 arrested, says Police



Shiite members protesting in Abuja
  • No casualty recorded, 57 suspects in custody, weapons, bags of stones, others, recovered

The Federal Capital Territory Police Command says no Shiite protester was killed following a faceoff with security operatives on Tuesday, adding that, 57 protesters who were causing unnecessary hardship to motorists were arrested.

DSP Adeh Josephine, police public relations officer for the FCT said miscreants were intercepted by security operatives so that they do not cause public unrest.

“The FCT Police Command in a joint intervention with the Nigerian Army and other security agencies have restored normalcy to the Gwarinpa area of the FCT and other parts of the capital where miscreants identified to be members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shiites, caused unnecessary hardship to motorists and other road users as well as individuals going about their businesses,” the police said.

“The miscreants who were found in their numbers were promptly intercepted by the security operatives and dispersed to prevent them from causing further disruption of public order and peace and damage to public and private assets,” she said in a statement.

“The miscreants attacked the security forces with petrol bombs, weapons including stones but were adequately rounded up by the security teams without any casualty.


The police added that, “A total of fifty-seven (57) suspects including thirty-nine (39) and eighteen female (18) were arrested and currently being profiled at the State Criminal Investigations Department of the FCT Police Command.

“A vehicle, flags, petrol bombs, weapons, mobile phones, charms etc are some of the exhibits recovered from the miscreants.

“The Command, while calling on resident to be calm, warns any individual or group who may want to disrupt the peace being enjoyed in the capital to desist or be ready to face the consequences of their actions.

“Residents and commuters are also advised to go about their lawful endeavors without any fear or apprehension.”

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