Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, also known as Shi’ites, and policemen have clashed again in Abuja, this time around at the Federal Secretariat.
Police fired gunshots and tear gas canisters to disperse the protesters who are in their third day of protests over the continued detention of their leader, Sheik El-Zakzaky, despite several court orders for his release.
Five members of the group were arrested by the security operatives on Thursday.
Newspeakonline recalls that the group invaded the National Assembly complex on Tuesday, during which they reportedly shot two policemen and also set three cars ablaze. Several other vehicles and property were damaged.
According to the police, 40 of the violent protesters were arrested in connection with the Tuesday incident.