Shi’ites ground Abuja over El-ZakZaky’s detention

September 21st, 2018

By Daniel Tyokua

Angry members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shi’ites on Thursday brought the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to a standstill over the continued detention of their leader, Shiekh Ibrahim El-ZakZaky by the Federal Government.

They dared security operatives monitoring the protest to do their worse, even if meant shooting them.

Their action crippled activities at the Federal Secretariat Abuja as they took over the major roads in the city centre.

The sect members had held the protest as part of its activities to mark Ashura procession and to express their grievances over El-ZakZaky’s detention.

Security agents however barricaded the roads around the Eagle Square leading to a gridlock as motorists were forced to divert to other routes.

With the ensuing confusion, hundreds of passers-bye fled the scene.

The protesters thereafter changed their routes to Aguyi Ironsi Road, Maitama with a vow to march to the Eagle Square.

They said that they were ready for anything with some of them picking stones along the road.

They later waded through the barriers mounted by the security operatives and gained access to the Federal Secretariat daring gun-trotting police officers to release their triggers.

At the time of filing this report, activities at the hub of civil service and the National Assembly had remained grounded as the protesters marched through Shehu Shagari Way with placards of various inscriptions. They chanted “Free Sheikh El-ZakAaky now.”

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