The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police on Tuesday responded to an attempted forceful invasion of the National Assembly complex by violent groups believed to be affiliated to El-Zakzaky’s Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN).
Details: According to reports,the group proceeded calmly all the way to the National Assembly in a peaceful camouflage and immediately became violent as they tried to force their way into the legislative complex.
A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, FCT Command, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, affirmed that two officers were shot in the leg and seven other para-military personnel who sustained injuries during the clash were taken to the hospital for treatment.
DSP Manzah also added that;
- “Forty 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.”
Meanwhile, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has paid a visit to the injured officers.
Crux of the matter:
- The leader of the Shiite group, El-Zakzaky, has been in custody since December 2015 (despite court rulings to the contrary) when a deadly fight between his radical support base and the army broke out.
- Just two days ago, the Iranian government summoned the Nigerian envoy over Zakzaky’s continued illegal detention and concerns about his deteriorating health.