Two feared dead as Shiites clash with security operatives

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*Police arrest 57 Shiites


At least two persons were feared killed during a clash between members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) and security operatives in Abuja.

Reacting to the clash, FCT police public Relations Officer, DSP Josephine Adeh said the Shiites movement came into Abuja with the intention to cause unrest.

She noted that 57 of them have been arrested with suspected weapons.

According to her, “The FCT Police Command in a joint operation with 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 lawful businesses.

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

“A total of 57 suspects including 39 males and 18 females were arrested and currently being profiled at the State Criminal Investigations Department of the FCT Police Command. A golf vehicle, flags, petrol bombs, weapons, mobile phones, charms, were recovered as exhibits.

“The Command, while calling on residents of FCT to be calm, warns any individual or group who may want to disrupt the peace being enjoyed in the Capital Territory to desist or be ready to face the full wrath of the law . Residents and commuters are also advised to go about their lawful business without any fear or apprehension.”




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