Police Stop ‘Free Zakzaky’ Protest In Abuja
Police have interrupted a protest by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria who are demanding the release of their leader.
Members of the group had staged a similar protest in Kano a week earlier and the Police stiffly resisted their attempt to stage another protest on Thursday in Abuja.
The Commissioner of Police in Abuja, Alkali Usman, said that their action was to prevent a breakdown of law and order in the Federal Capital Territory.
The leader of the group, popularly known as Shiites, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, has been in custody of the Department of State Services since December 2015.
The arrest was a fall out of a bloody clash between members of the group and the Nigerian Army in Zaria, Kaduna State.
Since Zakzaky’s detention, the Shiites have staged several protests across Nigeria including the Federal Capital Territory, as the matter is still in court.
The latest by the group was the demonstration in Kano State where members including women and children, carried posters of their leader while chanting various anti-government slogans.
One of the protesters, Fatima Muhammad, said that their leader had been confirmed sick and needed immediate medical attention, noting that his health was deteriorating.
The group had also stated that there would be no going back and that they would continue with the protest until their demands were met.