Nigeria: Police confirms arrest of 40 Shiite members over attempted invasion of National Assembly

WorldStage Newsonline– The Nigeria Police Force, the FCT Police Command has confirmed the arrest of 40 members of the sect, El-Zakzakky Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) who forcefully invade the National Assembly on Tuesday.

The Police said the group which started its activity, camouflaged in a peaceful procession became violent and were trying to force their way into the National Assembly, but Police operatives on the ground, however, acted proactively, professionally and used minimum force to disperse the unruly protesters. 

“Members of the sect during the violent protest shot two police personnel on the leg, while clubs and stones were used to inflict injuries on six other policemen. The injured policemen have been taken to the hospital for prompt medical attention,” Police said in a statement.

“Meanwhile, 40 members of the sect have been arrested in connection with the violent protest. Investigation is in progress.  

“In view of the foregoing, the Command wishes to state unequivocally that while it recognizes and respects the right of citizens to peaceful procession, an attempt by any individual or group of persons to cause the breakdown of law and order will not be tolerated. Those arrested in the process will be dealt with in accordance with the appropriate law of the land.

“Members of the public are enjoined to go on with their lawful activities as normalcy has been restored, and adequate security measures have been put in place by the Command to forestall any security breach.”

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