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Gunshots Fired As Police Clash With Shiites In Abuja

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Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shiites on Tuesday clashed with Police officers in Abuja as they took to the streets again in protest.

The Shiites are protesting the non-release of their leader, Shiek Ibrahim El-Zakzaky who has been in prison since 2015 despite court orders approving his release.

Gunshots were reportedly fired around 1:00pm on Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama where Transcorp Hilton is located during Tuesday’s protest as the Shiites and Police clashed on the streets of Abuja.

Naija News understands the Zakzaky followers marched from the National Human Rights Commission on the same street, before clashing with the Police.

It will be recalled that a Kaduna State High Court has directed the Kaduna Prison Service to release Zeenat, wife of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El–Zakzaky, for COVID-19 treatment.

In the ruling delivered on Monday, the presiding judge, Justice Gideon Kurada, ordered that Zeenat be immediately moved to a government isolation facility to begin treatment for the virus.

Before the judgement, counsel to El-Zakzaky, Femi Falana (SAN) had presented a medical report to back up his argument for the release of Zeenat.

He asked the court to allow Zeenat to seek medical treatment outside the prison facility in order not to put her live in great danger.

However, the presiding judge, granted the request after Chris Umar, the prosecuting counsel, concurred with Falana’s submission.