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Shi'ites: Death Toll Rises As Protests Turn More Violent, Protests Picks Up In Canada, India
By Chioma Okwu
Nigeria may have fallen as a nation and one may begin to consider the possibility of foreign intervention in reviving the nation.

A Deputy Commissioner of Police, Usman Umar, in charge of Operations at the Federal Capital Territory Police Command, was reportedly shot dead after a protest by members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, known as  Shi’ites, in Abuja on Monday turned violent.

Violent protests of members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), otherwise known as the Shiites on Monday, July 22, led to the death of Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Umar who was in charge of the operation at FCT command.

Vanguard reports that DCP Umar was reportedly gunned down by the Shi'ites as he made an attempt to prevent their violent activities at the axis of the federal secretariat in Abuja.

In an effort to subdue reprisal attacks from the IMN members who were protesting the arrest of their leader, Sheik Ibraheem El Zakzaky, and some of their colleagues, the police have beefed up security throughout the FCT.

Earlier, there were sporadic shootings at the entrance gate of the National Assembly on Monday, July 22, as policemen and other security agents tried to prevent protesting Shiites from gaining entrance. Members of IMN vowed to continue their daily protest on the streets of Abuja till El-Zakzaky was released.

We gathered that a member of IMN, Ibrahim Musa, alleged that the federal government refused to obey the court order.

Musa said: “Why is government hunting somebody that is out to fight for his or her right? You have killed more than a thousand of his (Zakzaky’s) followers and put them in a mass grave.

"You keep on violating the law of the land and you think nobody should come out and challenge you?

"That is bad. This shows that the government is oppressing its citizens. And you do not expect me to cross my legs and allow President Muhammadu Buhari to kill my leader."


Shi’ites protest in India, Canada, UK

Protests have rocked India, Canada, and the United Kingdom over the unlawful detention of Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

In Kashmir, India, children, and youths embarked on street demonstration, calling for the release of the Shiite leader.

“A protest rally was held today morning (Sunday) in Indian-Controlled Kashmir in solidarity with Sheikh #El-Zakzaky,” the Islamic Human Rights Commission tweeted.

A video of the demonstration showed the group holding posters and cardboards with the picture of El-Zakzaky.

Also, a crowd of Canadian residents and citizens on Friday also protested against the detention.


Police arrested 54 suspected members.

The Force said they had arrested 54 suspects in connection with the incidents.


Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba,  confirmed  Umar’s killing, claiming he was killed by the Shi’ite protesters.


In a statement, Mba, who said over 3,000 Shi’ites took part in the protest, added that two Assistant Superintendents of Police were injured. He also confirmed that the Channels TV  reporter initially sustained serious injuries.


The sect,  a few weeks ago, invaded the National Assembly where they reportedly attacked the security officials on duty.  Two of the sect members were said to have been shot in their legs.


They also burnt three cars and vandalized other property during the incident.


Mba said, “Another violent protest by members of the El-Zazakky group involving over 3000 of its followers took place today (Monday) at about 12.30pm within the Central Business District, Abuja.


“The heavily armed protesters, defying all sense of decency, violently attacked innocent citizens and police  (carrying out their duties). During the process, the DCP, FCT Command, Usman 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 ASPs and a Channels TV reporter sustained serious injuries and are currently receiving treatment.”


The police added that the protesters burnt a National Emergency Management Agency Response Post close to the Federal Secretariat and two vehicles.

 

Buhari's order to IG

Meanwhile, President Muhammmadu Buhari, on Monday, ordered the Inspector-General of Police,  Mohammed Adamu, to halt any breakdown of law and order as the Shi’ites’ protest escalated in Abuja.


Adamu visited the President at the Presidential Villa, where the two held a closed-door meeting on the security situation in the country.


The IG  confirmed to State House Correspondents that Buhari gave him the directive to do everything within the police powers to prevent the breakdown of law and order.

He said,  ”The President asked us to make sure we provide security for every citizen of this country and not to leave any space that some group of people will create the breakdown of law and order.


“So, the charge by Mr. President is that we must provide security for every Nigerian.”


Adamu added, “Specifically, we briefed him on the incessant act coming out of this group of people, protesting here and there.


“We briefed him on the fact that we have been able to curtail their excesses and to let him understand that everything is under control.”

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