At least two members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) were injured as a detatchment of the Nigeria Police tried to stop the protest for the release of the sect leader, Ibrahim Zakzaky in Abuja.
Trouble started when a large number of the sect members, who were from the Federal Secretariat and heading towards the Unity Fountain in Abuja, refused to turn back as a police van blocked the Shehu Shagari Way.
The police fired live ammunition and tear gas canister to disperse the crowd, but the defiant protesters pushed through the barricade.
A member of the sect, who spoke on condition of anonymity, condemned the attack on the sect as undemocratic and a violation of the rights of the sect to peaceful protest.
“We have been having this protest peacefully. Why did the police come to attack us?” he asked.
The sect members, who were marking the religious Arbaeen Trek as well as pressing for their leader’s release, later concluded the march at the NICON Junction in Maitama, Abuja.