The spokesman of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Abdullahi Musa, has said that 17 members of the sect were shot dead in Abuja on Monday during the clash with Nigeria Police.
The spokesman said IMN was in possession of six dead bodies, the police dumped 11 corpses at the National Hospital, Abuja.
Acording to him, over 100 IMN members who sustained injuries during a protest on Monday were arrested by the police “from their sickbed”.
Musa told the TheCable that their injured members were receiving treatment at the Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital when they were arrested.
IMN members had taken to the streets of Abuja to demand the release of Ibrahim Zakzaky, their leader, who has been in detention since 2015.
The protest, which began from NITEL junction at Wuse zone 2, was disrupted by armed policemen who cordoned off the road leading to the national assembly and three arms zone.
Bullets were fired at the protesters as they advanced towards the Eagle Square.
Musa lamented the “brute force” used by the police on peaceful protesters.
He vowed that the #FreeZakzaky protest would continue despite the killings of their members.
Meanwhile, The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has confirmed that protesting Shi’ites burnt down two of its emergency ambulances.
Sani Datti, NEMA’s head of media and public relations, confirmed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja, saying the ambulances were burnt down at the agency’s emergency response and ambulance bays (ERABs) in Abuja.