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Zakzaky: Police Disperse Unruly Shiites in Abuja, Arrest 115; Restores Normalcy as 22 Officers are injured.


The FCT Police Command restored normalcy at parts of Maitama following a violent protest by members of the El-Zakzaky Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) who went on rampage on Monday, 16th April, 2018 and were attacking innocent citizens, disrupting business activities, obstructing traffic movement and smashing windscreen of innocent citizens’ vehicles in the affected areas.

Following the unfortunate incident which also resulted in the destruction of some government and Police operational vehicles, the members of the Shiite group also injured twenty-two (22) police personnel during the protest. 

Exhibits recovered:

              i.        Catapults

            ii.        Iron bars

         iii.        Stones

          iv.        Ball bearings

            v.        Pink head bands

One hundred and fifteen (115) members of the sect were arrested at the scene by Police operatives. Joint Team of detectives from the Command in conjunction with operatives from the IGP Monitoring Unit have commenced investigation into the incident.

The arrested suspects will be charged to court upon conclusion of investigation.

The FCT Police Command hereby warn members of Shiites movement from further disrupting the peace, harmony and free flow of traffic in FCT.

This is to also  urge members of the public particularly parents and guardians not to allow their children or wards to be used as instrument of violence in any demonstration by any group that could jeopardize public peace and harmony. 

It is therefore imperative to state that anyone caught in the act of violent demonstration or any act capable of causing the breach of public peace will be made to face the wrath of the law.

Meanwhile, the Command wishes to state that contrary to speculations from some sections of the media, no life was lost in the violent protest as the Police operatives deployed to quell the protest were professional in handling the situation.


DSP Anjuguri Manzah

Police Public Relations Officer

For: The Commissioner of Police

FCT Police Command, Abuja



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