Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) better known as Shi’ites clashed with the police at the federal secretariat, Abuja, on Thursday.
The IMN members who clashed with policemen during a protest at the national assembly on Tuesday, returned to the streets of Abuja on Thursday.
Wielding placards and chanting anti-government songs, the protesters demanded the immediate release of Ibrahim el-Zakzaky, their leader.
They had converged on the federal secretariat and were marching towards Eagle Square when they were intercepted by armed anti-riot policemen.
A witness revealed that trouble started when the police demanded to speak with leaders of the protesters and two men: Nura Marafa and Mujaid Mohammed, who came forward were arrested.
In annoyance, the Shi’ites were said to have attacked the policemen who opened fire and also used teargas on them.
Workers at the secretariat reportedly fled in different directions in order to avoid being caught in the incident.
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