At least four people have been confirmed dead in the recent clash between the Nigerian police and the Islamic Movement of Nigeria IMN, Shiites group.
The protesters were seen on the streets of Abuja on Monday 22 July 2019, demanding the release of their leader Ibrahim El-zakzaky who has been in police custody since 2015. The demonstrators took to the streets after they learned of their leader’s worsening health condition and lack of access to proper health care.
According to reports, the shiites protesters were peacefully chanting According to reports, the shiites protesters were peacefully chanting “Free Zakzaky” when their members were attacked by the police with live ammunition and tear gas canisters at the protesters in the Central Area District of Abuja. The protesters in retaliation burnt down the fire service station beside the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Nigerian police announced that a senior officer was killed in the clash as three other policemen were injured. Although they have come out to say that the situation has been kept under control by them.
This is a continuation of a series of protest done by the shiites group requesting the release of their leader and about 400 of them have been killed since they started their demonstration in 2015