DCP, Reporter, 2 Others Killed In Shi’ites, Police Clash

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.

One of our correspondents learnt that two  of the protesters were killed, while a member of the National Youth Service Corps   reporting  for  Channels TV was hit by a stray bullet as many  more were  injured  during  alleged exchange of fire between the  sect  and security forces.

The reporter, Precious Owolabi, was rushed to the National Hospital, Garki, where he later died on Monday evening.

The  protest, which  started from NITEL Junction at Wuse 2, was aimed at  forcing    the  Federal Government to free  their leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky,  who has been in detention  since December 2015.

Umar was reportedly shot  as he tried to pacify the protesters  who went on the rampage.

Meanwhile, 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.

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