Monday, 22 July 2019

Channels TV reporter also shot during Shiites protest in Abuja

A Channels Television Reporter was shot during the protest of members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shiites on Monday in Abuja.

The protest by the Shiites turned violent on Monday in Abuja, including the environs of the Federal Secretariat.

Channels TV reports that the reporter was hit by a stray bullet as Shiites clashed with officers of the Nigerian Police. He was later rushed to the hospital.

Policemen who cordoned off the road leading to the National Assembly and the three arms zone disrupted the protest by the Shiites, firing teargas to disperse the crowd.

At least six Shiites were reported killed in the protest as the police chased the protesters all over the streets shooting sporadically.

The police were later pictured evacuating corpses of protesters who were shot dead during the protest.

A Deputy commissioner of police, Usman Umar, was also killed during the bloody protest

DCP Umar was shot while trying to pacify the protesting Shiite members. He later died at an undisclosed hospital.

Spokesman of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Abdullahi Musa, alleged that 17 members of the sect were shot during the protest on Monday.

The spokesman said while IMN was in possession of six dead bodies, the police dumped 11 corpses at the National Hospital, Abuja.

He said over 100 IMN members who sustained injuries during a protest on Monday were arrested by the police “from their sickbed”.

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