Invade National Assembly; injure Policemen, smash cars, windows
• Vow to embark on another massive protest today
• Be on red alert, IGP tells AIG’s, CP’s
Pandemonium broke out on Tuesday in the lobby of the National Assembly after Shi’ite protesters shot at least four policemen attached to the complex.
According to reports by The Nation, the incident occurred around 2pm while plenary was ongoing.
A policeman, soaked in blood, was seen rushed into the lobby and to the National Assembly clinic.
Another civilian was also seen led to the clinic.
Four policemen attached to the National Assembly were gunned down by Shi’ites, it was gathered.
The Shi’ite group has been protesting the detention of their leader, El Zaky Zaky over the years.
According to an eye witnesses, members of the Islamic group began coming into the National Assembly premises in pieces before they gathered into a sizeable number.
The group eventually overpowered security men at the first gate but met with a resistance at the second where four policemen were shot by armed members of the group.
The windscreen of a Police pick up van was also smashed.
Policemen injured by protesting Shi’ite members are receiving treatment at the clinic in the complex.
The armed protesters also smashed windows of the National Assembly at the main gate and damaged policemen vehicles within the premises.
Also smashed were vehicles of visitors caught in the web during the violent protest.
However, detachment of armed policemen have been stationed around the National Assembly gates and the green areas.
It was also gathered that the protesters were dispersed with teargas by security operatives.
The operatives, our correspondent, observed are scanning the expansive grounds of the complex, scouting for dissidents that may have gained grounds.
The retreating protesters scaled the main gate of the complex, damaging several windows as they were repelled by security operatives.
Members of the IMN have however vowed to embark on another massive protest today Wednesday in Abuja despite the violent clash with the Police on Tuesday, saying they have perfected plans to regroup and storm the Federal Capital Territory again, as gathered from SaharaReporters.
The Secretary of the Academic Forum of the movement, Abdullahi Musa told SaharaReporters that the movement would not be deterred by the killing of two of its members.
“We are coming out tomorrow. The only thing that will stop us from coming out is when they free our leader and allow him to go for medical treatment,” Musa said.
Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu yesterday placed Assistant Inspector General of Police and Commissioners of Police in the Federal Capital Terriotry (FCT) and neighbouring states on red alert.
The IG directive was contained in a statement by the Force spokesman, Frank Mba, a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP).
It reads: “The Commissioners of Police and their supervisory Assistant Inspectors General of Police in states contiguous to the FCT were also placed on the alert to ensure maximum security in their respective Areas of responsibility (AOR) to avert any possible breach of public safety and security.
“The IG also directed the AIG in charge of Police Medical Department to ensure that proper and prompt medical attention is given to the injured officers and wished the victims quick recovery.
“The police chief while noting that the Force is not against citizens expressing their grouse against the State, stressed that such ventilations must be done through legitimate and acceptable processes and not by taking the laws into their own hands.
“He warned citizens not to test the collective will of the People and the State by engaging in lawless acts likely to cause the breach of the peace.”