Falana, PDP Demand Probe Into Police, Shiites Clash

 

Femi Falana, a senior advocate and counsel to detained leader of the Shiites movement in Nigeria, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, has demanded a probe into Monday’s violence in which Shiites protesters clashed with police.

Alleging some of the protesters were killed by security forces, Falana deployed the incident as “barbaric.”

The lawyer added that the police’s action “breached the fundamental rights of the protesters to life, freedom from torture, freedom of assembly and freedom of expression [and] totally unacceptable in a democratic society”.

Moreover, Falana said being granted bail by the federal high court, Abuja on December 2, 2016, “the Federal Government has not adduced any justifiable reason why it has continued to incarcerate the Elzakzakys in utter contempt of the Federal High Court.”

Morever, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, called for an “immediate inquest” into the incident.

“The PDP sues for calm while demanding an immediate inquest into the cause of this clash,” said Kola Ologbondiyan, its spokesperson.

Meanwhile, the police denied killing any member of the group during the police, but claimed 22 of their officers were injured in the incident.

Fola Ademosu

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