A Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Usman Umar and a youth corps member Precious Owolabi were confirmed dead following a protest by members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) which turned violent yesterday.
The police said “the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, FCT Command, DCP Usman A.K Umar, was shot and fatally injured by the protesters. The officer who was immediately rushed to the hospital died moments later while receiving treatment.”
“Also, two Assistant Superintendents of Police and a Staff of Channels Television sustained serious injuries and are currently receiving treatment. The violent protesters also razed down a National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Response Post close to the Federal Secretariat, Abuja and two vehicles,” Force spokesperson Frank Mba, a DCP, said in a statement yesterday.
Mba said the members of the Zakzaky group numbered about 3,000. “The heavily armed protesters defying all sense of decency violently attacked innocent citizens and Police personnel on duty.”
He also said the police have arrested fifty-four suspects in connection with the incidents, adding that the suspects were undergoing interrogation and would be arraigned in court as soon as possible.
Daily Trust reports that Owolabi, 23, was confirmed dead last night. Management of Channels Television said the corps member, who was serving with its Abuja station, was shot while covering the clash between the police and the Shiites.
Our correspondents reports that members of the IMN, a Shiite group, were demanding the release of their leader Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky and his wife Zeenah, whom they said are both critically ill and needed to be flown out of the country for treatment.