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Fresh Shiites protest: Police arrest 12 at Banex area, Abuja

IGP Abubakar Adamu Mohammed

The Nigerian Police, still mourning the death of Deputy Commissioner of Police, Usman Umar, who was killed Monday during a violent protest by members of the El-Zakzakky Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Tuesday responded to another protest by the same group at Banex area in Abuja and in the process, arrested 12 members of the sect.

 A statement by DSP Anjuguri Manzah, Police Public Relations Officer, of the FCT Police Command on behalf of the Commissioner of Police, said that: “The suspects were arrested while on the rampage attacking innocent members of the public, blocking roads and disrupting activities around the Banex area.

“The Police personnel drafted to the scene acted professionally by using minimum force to bring the situation under control and restore normalcy in the area.

“The twelves suspects arrested are currently being interrogated by a team of police detectives.”

He also said that “the Command wishes to reassure members of the public that adequate measures have been put in place to beef up security in the Federal Capital Territory and to protect lives and property.”

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