Monday, 22 July 2019

Deputy commissioner of police killed during Shiites protest in Abuja

Deputy commissioner of police was reportedly killed during the protest by members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), also known as the Shiites, in Abuja on Monday.

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

He was reportedly shot in the head by sniper fire deliberately aimed at him as he tried to talk to the rioting Shiites.

Usman Umar was in charge of operations in the federal capital territory (FCT),

Until his appointment as the DCP, operations, Umar was the principal staff officer (PSO), to former inspector-general of police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris.

Members of Shiites had taken to the streets of Abuja to demand the release of their leader, Ibrahim Zakzaky, twho has been in detention since 2015.

The protest, which began from NITEL junction at Wuse zone 2, was disrupted by armed policemen who cordoned off the road leading to the national assembly and three arms zone.

Bullets were fired at the protesters as they advanced towards the Eagle Square. The situation sparked tension as workers fled while motorists abandoned their vehicles on the road.

Report said at least six Shiites were 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.

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