The police have arrested scores of members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria for injuring a policeman and an operative of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps at the National Assembly, Abuja, on Tuesday.
The force has also launched a manhunt for Shi’ite members across the city centre. The sect members had stormed the NASS complex to protest the continued incarceration of their leader, Ibrahim Zakzaky who had been in custody since December 2015.
Things turned violent when the protesters, tried to gain entry into the complex. After gaining entry into the first gate of the Assembly, the protesters overpowered the policemen at the gate, collected one of their guns and shot the two security operatives. One of the shot policemen was taken to the National Assembly clinic unconscious as the medical personnel made efforts to stabilize him.
They also burnt three vehicles and destroyed many others. The sect members unleashed terror on other security operatives when tear-gas canisters were fired to disperse them. The gates to all the National Assembly premises have been closed as staff and other accredited persons ran for dear lives.