#FreeZakzaky Update: Three people shot dead as Shiite, police clash (Graphic images)

Three people have reportedly been shot dead while several others sustained serious injuries Monday, July 22, 2019 when members of the Islamic Member of Nigeria (IMN) clash with police officers in Abuja.

Channels TV reporter was among those who were hit by a stray bullet. It was gathered that the policemen prevented the protesters from gaining access to the road that leads to the National Assembly.

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The president of the media forum of IMN Ibrahim Musa who confirmed the incident was quoted as saying “what happened was that we started our procession from NITEL junction and getting to the federal secretariat the police cordoned off the road and started firing at us.

He many several members of the group were shot, “but for now we can only confirm three deaths but several are injured, we don’t have a definite figure for now.

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He debunked the claim by the police that the group were violent before they were shot. “anybody who said we shot at him is not saying the truth because throughout our processions we have not been carrying any arms right from 2015 to date we have not been carrying arms and we will not carry arms now”The Sun quoted him as saying.

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Refuting the report that Shiite members set ablaze the emergency vehicle of the National Emergency Agency (NEMA),  Mr. Musa said it was the police that set up burn fire which led to the burning of the NEMA vehicle.

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He said, “it is the police who set up the burn-fire and there are videos that indicate that”.

The group is demanding the release of their leader Ibrahim Yaqoub El Zakzaky who has been in detention alongside his wife since December 2015.