Scores Feared Dead As Army, Shiites Clash In Abuja

Scores of people were feared killed yesterday in the Nyanya part of Abuja as members of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), otherwise known as Shiite group, clashed with the Nigerian Army.

The Shiites group were said to have embarked on their planned three-day religious procession in Abuja in demand for the release of their spiritual leader, Sheik Ibraheem El-Zak zaky and other members of the group.

As they marched from Mararaba, Nasarawa State, to Nyanya axis of the Federal capital Territory (FCT), soldiers at the Nyanya/Mararaba checkpoint confronted them.

Report says  that since the clash between the group and the military on Saturday at Zuba-Abuja, which left some members of the group dead, there had been heavy military presence at all the major entry points into the FCT, in an attempt to prevent the group from moving into the city.

Members of the group were said to have attempted to break the barricade mounted by policemen and soldiers at Nyanya and and Kugbo checkpoints, as they threw stones and other dangerous objects at the security forces.

It was learnt that the soldiers deployed from the Guards Brigade who created snap checkpoints to ensure that members of the Shiite group do not have access into Abuja fired gunshots in the air to disperse them.

A fierce resistance by the daring members of the group led to the killing of some of their members.

The group had planned a three-day protest/Arbaeen symbolic trek into Abuja, starting from Sunday October 28 to October 30 through Nasarawa and Niger States.

On Sunday, traffic along the Nyanya/Maraba axis was disrupted because many of the Shiite members took over the major roads leading to to the nation’s capital from that axis.



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