The Nigeria Police have said that over 3000 followers of El-Zakzaky, the Shiites leader, were involved in the violent Shiites protest that occurred in Abuja on Monday.
The incident reportedly led to the death of the two persons: The Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) in charge of Operations at Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja and a Channels TV internist, a National Youth Service Corp member, Precious Owolabi.
The 23-year-old died of a gunshot wound he sustained while covering the clash between the police and the Shiite protesters on Monday in Abuja.
The protest that occurred Monday turned violent and the police have announced on their Twitter handle that three persons, including Assistant Superintendent of Police were injured and receiving treatment.
The Statement reads:
“Another violent protest by members of the El-Zazakky group involving over three thousand (3000) of its followers took place today, 22nd July, 2019 at about 12:30pm within the Central Business District of Abuja.
“The heavily armed protesters defying all sense of decency violently attacked innocent citizens and Police personnel on duty. In the process, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, FCT Command, DCP Usman A.K Umar, was shot and fatally injured by the protesters.
“The officer who was immediately rushed to the hospital died moments later while receiving treatment. Also, two (2) Assistant Superintendents of Police and a Staff of Channels Television sustained serious injuries and are currently receiving treatment.
“The violent protesters also razed down a National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Response Post close to the Federal Secretariat, Abuja and two (2) vehicles.
Meanwhile, the Police have arrested fifty-four (54) suspects in connection with the incidents.”
“The suspects are undergoing interrogation and will be arraigned in court as soon as possible.”
Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Adamu, has commiserated with the family of the deceased officer warning that enough is enough.
According to the IGP, the police and indeed Nigeria cannot continue to suffer losses from reckless and lawless persons and groups in the society.