Serious fatalities were reported today in the on-going clash between Shi’ites Muslin sects and the authorities in Abuja FCT. The clash became bloody after some members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria exchanged gunfire with security forces (22/7/2019). Reports have it that the Deputy Commissioner of police in charge of Operations at the Federal Capital Territory Police Command, DCP Umar, was shot dead. It is unclear who fired the shot and police authorities are yet to come up with a detail report on the situation.
A reporter from a popular Television Station who was also hit but a bullet reportedly died later in the hospital. We gather DCP Umar was reportedly shot and killed when he was negotiating for calm and calling on the protesters from the Shi’ites sect to maintain keep the peace. The incident took place at the Central Business District in Abuja. The DCP was said to have been taken to a nearby hospital were doctors pronounced him dead.
Member of the Shiites Islamic sect who are demanding for the release of their leader, Ibrahim ElZakzaky have become very daring and confrontational lately. Graphic images of the group members carrying their own dead members off the scene of the crisis have been circulating on social media.
A van belonging to National Emergency Management Agency was seen razing in fire. While vans belonging to media companies were also caught in the cross fire.
The Nigerian Police twitter handle had earlier issued the following warning:
“ There is a violent protest currently ongoing by members of the El-Zakzakky Group in some parts of the FCT – particularly the Central Business District and the Three Arms Zone. The Police are taking adequate measures to bring the situation under control.”
“Citizens are advised to remain calm and avoid the affected areas in the interim. The Police will keep the public abreast with further development.”