Gbenga Omokhunu, Abuja


Police operatives on Monday dispersed a violent protest by some members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) popularly known as Shi’ites.

The protest procession took place along Aguyi Ironsi way in Maitama district.

A statement by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, said: “The sect members, who went berserk and were attacking police operatives and other innocent citizens with stones and dangerous weapons, defied the subsisting directive by the FCT Minister, restricting all protests and procession to Unity Fountain.

“The sect while executing the unruly act damaged the windscreen of a Police Rapid Response Patrol vehicle.

“Meanwhile, some members of the sect arrested during the violent protest, Manzah said are currently under investigation and will soon be arraigned in court.”