El-Zakzaky: Buhari Summons IGP Over Shiites Protest in Abuja

A NEMA fire truck allegedly set ablaze by Shi'ite protesters at the Federal Secretariat in Abuja on Monday July 22, 2019.
There were indications that  President Muhammadu Buhari may have summoned the Inspector General of Police ( IGP), Mohammed Adamu on Monday, over the violent protest by the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), in Abuja.
The Shiites have been protesting the continued incarceration of their leader, Ibrahim El Zakzaky by the Federal Government.
Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city has witnessed series of protests by the sect resulting in human casualties and destruction of properties with millions of naira.
Abuja residents were  subjected to another harrowing experiencing on Monday following a protest by the group that locked down the Central Business District and some suburbs of the capital city.
El Zakzaky’s arrest and detention followed a clash by IMN members with the Nigerian Army when they allegedly blocked the motorcade of Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff in Zaria. Curiously, after several courts of competent jurisdiction granted him bail, government has consistently disobeyed such orders as it has continued to keep him in detention.
However, speaking to State House correspondents after  meeting the President, the IGP said the President charged the force to provide security for the residents of Abuja and the whole country.
He said “We came this morning to brief Mr. President on the security situation in the country, especially the activities of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN). Just to give him an update of what is happening in the country vis a vis their activities.
“Specifically we briefed him of 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 curtailed their excesses and to let him understand that everything is under control.
On the President’s reaction, the IGP 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 breakdown of law and order. So, the charge by Mr. president is that we must provide security for every Nigerian.
Recall that the  Presidency last week had appealled  to El-Zakzaky-led Shiite members to desist from needless violent street protests and await the decision of the court in Kaduna where their leader is currently being tried.
According to a statement by the spokesman of the president,Garba Shehu said, the issue of El-ZakZaky is before the court in Kaduna and his supporters should focus on his on-going trial instead of causing daily damages, disruptions and public nuisance in Abuja.
Shehu said  it is wrong to be in court and resort to violence at the same time in order to get justice for anybody accused.


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