Thursday, 11 January 2018

Another Terrorism in the Making? Police Catches Zakzaky's Protesters with Explosives

The Nigerian police has arrested some of Zakazky's protesters in Abuja.

The police said that some improvised explosives and weapons were recovered from members of the group The Nigeria police has arrested 52 members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) popularly known as Shiites. The Shiite members were arrested during a protest against the prolonged detention of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zainab, by security operatives. A statement signed by the Federal Capital Territory command spokesperson, Anjuguri Manzah, said the arrest followed a violent protest by members of the IMN who went on rampage in Abuja. 

Manzah said the arrested suspects were attacking innocent citizens including police operatives during their protest on Wednesday, January 10. He added that some bottles of improvised petrol-bomb, stones and catapult used by members of the sect to attack police operatives and damage police operational vehicles were recovered. Manzah said: "It is pertinent to state that the unlawful action of members of the sect which started on Monday, January 8, is constituting a serious security threat to the peace of the Federal Capital Territory and at the same time disrupting innocent citizens from going about their lawful businesses." He further noted that the FCT police command will continue to carry out its duty professionally by upholding discharge of its constitutional and statutory roles of the protection of lives and property of residents. 

"In view of the foregoing, the Command wants to state that any person or group of persons arrested for violating the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution while registering their protest will be arrested and prosecuted in accordance with the appropriate section(s) of the law. "Meanwhile, the fifty-two (52) members of the El-Zakzaky group arrested by police operatives during today 10th January, 2018 violent protest that left some policemen with injury will be charged to court upon the conclusion of the investigation," Manzah said. 

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