A group of Shi’ite Muslim protesters again clashed with Nigerian policemen in Abuja on Monday, with one person feared dead.
There were sporadic gunshots in the area of protest and two vehicles were set ablaze.
The Nigeria Police Force confirmed the protest in a tweet and assured it is doing everything to bring the “violent protest” under control.
Citizens are advised to remain calm and avoid the affected areas in the interim. The Police will keep the public abreast with further development.
— Nigeria Police Force (@PoliceNG) July 22, 2019
The Shiite protesters who belong to the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) have regularly taken to the streets of Abuja in the last few years calling for the release of their leader, Ibrahim Zakzaky, who has been in detention since December 2015.
Earlier this month they took their protest to the National Assembly, where police claimed two of their men were shot with vehicles also burnt.