No fewer than 11 Shi’ites confirmed death following attack by Police while peacefully protesting #FreeZakzaky in Abuja.
ElombahNews gathered that the trouble began at Federal Secretariat when the protesters set ablaze the substation of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Abuja, a development that forced Police to be shooting sporadically.
Ibrahim Musa, president of the Media Forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria told newsmen, in a press statement today that, trouble started when the police prevented the group who are on a peaceful protest from accessing their way to the federal secretariat.
He said, “What actually happened was that the protesters started the procession from NITEL junction and on getting to federal secretariat the police cordoned off the road and started firing at them.
“A lot of people have been shot but for now we can only confirm 11 deaths, but several are injured, the figure for now stood at 30. Though we are aware of the fact that the security agents have been going around taking off those they killed from the streets.
“Even some seriously injured persons that were taken to Abuja University teaching Hospital Gwagwalada; the police went there and took away about 11 people they shot during the protest. “We strongly dispute the claim by the police that the protesters shot at them because throughout our processions we have not been carrying any arms right from 2015 to date. It was also the police who shot at the Reporter of Channels TV, another indication that many innocent people were shot at by the police, including some of their own.
“In this era so social media the brutality displayed by the police today has been captured with some pictures showing the police setting up the bonfires and there are videos that captured the police carting away their victims”.