The Nigeria Police have confirmed the killing of Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) in charge of Operation, Usman Umar, by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shiites.
Naija News understands that the Shiites members shot the Deputy Commissioner of Police during a protest in Abuja on Monday.
Umar was reportedly shot by the protesters while trying to prevent the destruction of property at the axis of the federal secretariat and three arms zone.
He was immediately taken to an undisclosed hospital where he was confirmed dead.
In a statement to newsmen on Monday, the spokesperson of the Nigeria Police, DCP Frank Mba, disclosed that two (2) Assistant Superintendents of Police and a Staff of Channels Television sustained serious injuries.
However, Naija News reports that the Channels TV staff was later confirmed dead.
The statement by the police reads: “Another violent protest by members of the El-Zazakky group involving over three thousand (3000) of its followers took place today, 22nd July 2019 at about 12:30 pm within the Central Business District of Abuja.
“The heavily armed protesters defying all sense of decency violently attacked innocent citizens and Police personnel on duty. In the process, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, FCT Command, DCP Usman A.K Umar, was shot and fatally injured by the protesters.
“The officer who was immediately rushed to the hospital died moments later while receiving treatment.
“Also, two (2) Assistant Superintendents of Police and a Staff of Channels Television sustained serious injuries and are currently receiving treatment.
“The violent protesters also razed down a National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Response Post close to the Federal Secretariat, Abuja and two (2) vehicles.
“Meanwhile, the Police have arrested fifty-four (54) suspects in connection with the incidents. The suspects are undergoing interrogation and will be arraigned in court as soon as possible.
“The IGP, while commiserating with the family of the late DCP, condemns the incident and warns that Enough-is-Enough as the Force and the nation at large will not continue to suffer losses on account of reckless and lawless persons and groups in the society.”