El-Zakzaky: Police disperse Shiite protesters with tear gas

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The police on Monday dispersed protesting members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, otherwise called Shi’ites, with tear gas as they attempted to force their way into the National Assembly complex in Abuja.

Members of the group, who have been campaigning the release of their leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, detained since 2015, were on Monday chased away with a few of the protesters were arrested.

A police reinforcement, supported by the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, later shot tear gas at the protesters and chased fleeing demonstrators into the neighbouring federal secretariat as they gasped for air.

The police was also reported as firing gunshots in the air as the chase headed towards the national mosque, causing fear and pandemonium with people scampering for safety.

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