(THEWILL) – Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) clashed with the police around the Unity Fountain in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
This occurred after the protesters stormed the Institute For Peace and Conflict Resolution Abuja, in Abogo Largema, a Central business district area in Abuja.
THEWILL recalls that the police, on Friday, announced a ban on protests at the garden but IMN members assembled around the place on Monday but were denied access.
Members of the Shiite movement are demanding the release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and lamenting over his continued detention without trial for over two years.
The protesters were said to have stood their ground and when the police lost control of the crowd, they started firing teargas and gunshots into the air forcefully dispersing them.
This eventually led to resistance, forcing the protesters to throw stones at the police patrol vehicle.
El-Zakzaky was arrested in December 2015 after some of his followers clashed with soldiers in Zaria, Kaduna state.
Over 300 people were said to have been killed during the clash. However, the group has held a series of protests over the continued detention of El-Zakzaky.