A protest by youths of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shi’ite became violent on Monday, May 14, after a clash with men of the Nigeria Police Force at the Federal Secretariat complex, Abuja The youths, protesting the continous detention of the Shi’ite leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky. vandalised vehicles and harassed motorists as workers, commuters and visitors scampered for safety. The youths throwing stones at authorities trying to disperse them chased away a police team and vandalised the windscreen.
A source claimed that the Divisional Crime officer, Federal Secretariat Police station, Linus Ogar, was also stoned and he sustained injuries on his face. Ogar was reportedly rushed to his office at the secretariat complex from where he was taken to an unidentified hospital.
An eyewitness, Bola Saliu, who claimed he saw the youths attacked Ogar, said: “He was seriously wounded by the protesters who pelted him with stones. He had to be evacuated to a hospital as his condition was a bit critical.”
The police eventually sent a reinforcement who dispersed the protesters and arrest some of them. A driver, Joshua, whose SUV was vandalised, said the police fired tear gas canisters at the protesters who, in turn, responded with stones which hit the rear windscreen of the Acura SUV, smashing it.