Police disperse Shiite members with tear gas in Abuja. Image credit: imnig.org

The police on Friday dispersed a demonstration of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) around Wuse Market in Abuja.

The IMN procession which started on Sultan Abubakar road abruptly ended after the police fired tear gas canisters and gunshots in the air to disperse the procession.

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Concise News reports that the IMN members came out in their numbers to protest the continued incarceration of their leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky.

El-Zakzaky has been in detention since December 2015 after IMN members clashed with soldiers in Zaria, Kaduna state.

Despite different court rulings ordering his release, the IMN leader and Zeenat, his wife, have remained in the custody of the government.

The Shi’ites planned to hold a nationwide procession on Saturday, in commemoration of their annual Arbaeen trek, sparking fears of another confrontation with security operatives.

The Arbaeen trek is held in commemoration of the murder of Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad, who was killed on 10th Muharram.