Police disperse Shiite group with tear gas

Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria on Friday clashed with policemen after they reportedly attempted to march into the Unity Fountain, Maitama to hold a rally.

The police were said to have fired tear gas canisters at the marchers who were defiant, with some of them allegedly stoning the policemen.

At least two Shiite members were said to have been injured during the fracas which started when the police cordoned off the road and prevented the sect members from marching to the Unity Fountain.

The marchers chanted, demanding the release of their leader, Ibrahim Zakzaky who had been in government custody since December, 2016.

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The Shiite members subsequently dispersed from the scene.

Meanwhile, a civil society group, Concerned Nigerians, has lauded the discharge and acquittal of some Shiite members who were standing trial before a Kaduna State High Court presided over by Justice Esther Lolo.

“Justice Lolo’s decision reaffirms the widely held perception of persecution of the IMN by the Kaduna State government; It also boosts the confidence of the Nigerian populace as the last hope of the common man,” the group convener, Deji Adeyanju, said in a statement on Friday.

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