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FCT: Gun shots as Shiites, security operatives clash

MEMBERS of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), popularly known as Shiites, reportedly clashed with security operatives today in Abuja.

According to reports, the Islamic group and the Police exchanged gun shots at about 3pm around the Shehu Shagari Way, Central Area.

The group is demanding the immediate release of its leader Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, his wife, and other members of the IMN who are being detained in various parts of the country.

They argued that a court of competent jurisdiction had already ordered the release of the IMN leader, and therefore, wondered why the government cannot abide by the court order.

The protest by the IMN members comes exactly five years after Sheik El-Zakzaky and his wife were arrested after a bloody clash between IMN members and the Nigerian Army in Zaria, Kaduna State.

They are being prosecuted by the state government on an eight-count charge bordering on alleged culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, and disruption of the public peace among other charges.

No casualties have been confirmed at the time of filing this report.

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