Police Arrest 40 Shiite Members Over National Assembly Invasion
Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria faced off with policemen on Tuesday at the National Assembly

The Nigerian police say 40 suspected Shiite protesters have been arrested after two of their personnel were shot by the group.

Concise News reports that the group reportedly shot three policemen on duty at the National Assembly. It was learned that one of the policemen was rushed to the National Assembly clinic around 1.55p.m.

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It was gathered that the protesters also burnt some cars during the protest.

Several witnesses said the incident occurred when the protesters tried to force their way into the assembly complex.

The Shiites demand the release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, who has been detained by the government since December 2015.

More than 340 Shiites were killed by the army in December 2015 after the army accused the Islamic sect of blocking a road.

On Tuesday, Anjuguri Manzah, the Abuja police spokesperson said investigation was in progress and the suspects would be charged to court.

Manzah said: “The FCT Police Command has foiled a violent move by members of the El-Zakzakky Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) to forcefully invade the National Assembly on Tuesday, 10th July 2019.

“The group which started its activity, camouflaged in a peaceful procession became violent and were trying to force their way into the National Assembly. Police operatives on the ground, however, acted proactively, professionally and used minimum force to disperse the unruly protesters.

“Members of the sect during the violent protest shot two (2) police personnel on the leg, while clubs and stones were used to inflict injuries on six other policemen. The injured policemen have been taken to the hospital for prompt medical attention.

“Meanwhile, forty (40) members of the sect have been arrested in connection with the violent protest. Investigation is in progress.

“In view of the foregoing, the Command wishes to state unequivocally that while it recognizes and respects the right of citizens to peaceful procession, an attempt by any individual or group of persons to cause the breakdown of law and order will not be tolerated. Those arrested in the process will be dealt with in accordance with the appropriate law of the land.

“Members of the public are enjoined to go on with their lawful activities as normalcy has been restored, and adequate security measures have been emplaced by the Command to forestall any security breach.”