Shittes protesters and the Police have been counting their losses following Monday’s violence in Abuja, Nigeria’s federal capital city.
The Shiites protesters, who are members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, are demanding the release of their incarcerated leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky. According to the movement, the police shot dead some of its members during yesterday’s violence.
Ibrahim Musa, the spokesperson for the IMN, said the police were “hell-bent on forcibly stopping our legitimate campaign for the government to obey the orders of its courts by freeing Sheikh Zakzaky”.
He added that the police had been “looking for ways to infiltrate the protest and give it a semblance of riot so that they could use that as an excuse”.
“We are the victims. No amount of cheap blackmail will make us to succumb,” he added.
However, the police said the Shiites protesters injured 22 policemen deployed to the scene of the violence.
Anjuguri Manzah, the spokesperson for the Federal Capital Territory police command, said 115 Shiite members were arrested and would be prosecuted. He accused the protesters of deliberately damaging vehicles and properties within the scene of the violence. He warned the group against carrying out further violence, saying “anyone caught in the act of violent demonstration or any act capable of causing the breach of public peace will be made to face the wrath of the law.”