In less than one week, Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) better known as Shi’ites have clashed again with the police at the federal secretariat, Abuja, on Thursday.
Wielding placards and chanting anti-government songs, the protesters demanded the immediate release of Ibrahim el-Zakzaky, their leader.
They had converged on the federal secretariat and were marching towards Eagle Square when they were intercepted by armed anti-riot policemen.
We gathered that trouble started when the police demanded to speak with leaders of the protesters and two men: Nura Marafa and Mujaid Mohammed, who came forward were arrested.
In annoyance, the Shi’ites were said to have attacked the policemen who opened fire and also used teargas on them.
Workers at the secretariat reportedly fled in different directions in order to avoid being caught in the incident.
It would be recollected that same Shiites stormed the National Assembly on Tuesday injuring some policemen on duty.