Police in Abuja have arrested 52 members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shiites, for embarking on a violent protest on Wednesday.
Members of the group were said to have staged a protest, demanding the release of their leader, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.
El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zainab, have been in detention since their arrest by operatives of the Department of State Service in December 2015.
They were arrested following a clash between followers of the group and soldiers in the convoy of the Chief of Army State, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, in Zaria, Kaduna state.
During today’s protest, the police claimed that bottles of improvised petrol-bomb, stones and catapult were used by the group to attack police operatives.
“Following the violent protest by members of the El-Zakzaky Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) group who went on rampage and were attacking innocent citizens including Police operatives on Wednesday 10th January, 2018, the FCT Police Command has arrested some members of the sect and recovered some bottles of improvised petrol-bomb, stones and catapult used by members of the sect to attack police operatives and damage police operational vehicles,” the police said in a statement.
“52 members of the El-Zakzaky group arrested by police operatives during today 10th January, 2018 violent protest that left some policemen with injury will be charged to court upon the conclusion of investigation.”