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The Peoples Democratic Party has called for an urgent probe into the alleged clash between security operatives and members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, also known as Shiite.

The clash occurred on Monday in Aguiyi Ironsi area, Maitama, Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

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Members of the movement are demanding the release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, who has been in detention since 2015.

He was arrested following a clash between followers of his group and soldiers in the convoy of the Chief of Army State, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, in Zaria, Kaduna state.

And the PDP in a statement said an inquest into what caused the crisis should be carried out as soon as possible.

“Our party is gravely worried over the handling of security in the nation’s capital and the near breakdown of law and order, which resulted in stampede and disruption of public and private businesses in the city centre,” it said in a statement.

“The PDP has noted that the development is linked with protests over the continued refusal of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government to release the leader of the group, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, despite being granted bail by courts of competent jurisdiction.

“The PDP and indeed all lovers of democracy across the country are deeply concerned by the continued erosion of democratic tenets by the APC administration, resulting in avoidable crisis in various parts of the country.”