Shiite Protest: Buhari Orders IGP To Provide Security For Every Nigerian
The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, has briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on the activities of members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).
Mr Adamu disclosed this to State House correspondents on Monday when he met the President at the Aso Villa in Abuja.
He said the President directed him to provide security for every Nigerian.
President Buhari summoned the police boss following the latest in a series of protests by the Shiites in the nation’s capital.
At least three of the protests by the Shiite group since the beginning of July have turned violent, leading to clashes with police personnel and people injured from both sides.
The protesters are calling on the Federal Government to release their leader, Ibrahim Elzakzaky, who was taken into custody since 2015.
Monday’s protest turned violent as members of the Shiite group clashed with police and in the process, a Channels Television reporter was hit by a stray bullet.
Shortly after the incident, the police, in a statement, asked Nigerians to remain calm while residents of Abuja were advised to avoid the affected areas.
Read the full statement from the police below:
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
There is a violent protest currently ongoing by members of the El-Zakzakky Group in some parts of the FCT – particularly the Central Business District and the Three Arms Zone.
The Police are taking adequate measures to bring the situation under control.
Citizens are advised to remain calm and avoid the affected areas in the interim. The Police will keep the public abreast with further development.
DCP FRANK MBA
Force Public Relations Officer
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