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Police arrests 40 Shi’ite members over NASS protest, shooting of two Policemen

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Godsgift Onyedinefu

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command said it has arrested 40 members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shi’ites over National Assembly protest and Kling of two Policemen on Tuesday.

The FCT police Command spokesperson, Anjuguri Manzah disclosed this in a statement.

Manzah confirmed that Members of the sect during the “violent protest” shot two police personnel on the leg, while clubs and stones were used to inflict injuries on six other policemen when trying to foil invasion into the National Assembly.

He informed that the injured policemen have been taken to the hospital for prompt medical attention.

The spokesperson said the sect started its activity, camouflaged in a peaceful procession but became violent and were trying to force their way into the National Assembly.

He said, “Police operatives on the ground, however, acted proactively, professionally and used minimum force to disperse the unruly protesters.

“Meanwhile, forty (40) members of the sect have been arrested in connection with the violent protest. Investigation is in progress.  

“Those arrested in the process will be dealt with in accordance with the appropriate law of the land.”

The FCT command spokesperson further warned that attempt by any individual or group of persons to cause the breakdown of law and order will not be tolerated.

He urged members of the public to go on with their lawful activities saying normalcy has been restored, and adequate security measures have been emplaced by the Command to forestall any security breach.

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