FCT Police clear air on clash between Shi’ites, security operatives

The Federal Capital Territory (FTC) Abuja, was thrown into confusion on Tuesday morning when members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) popularly known as Shi’ites clashed with security operatives around Kubwa and Gwarinpa areas of the city.

Reports in some quarters claim that two people were killed during the clash.

Members of the IMN were reported to have been on the final lap of their Arbaeen Symbolic Trek when security operatives opened fire on them.

When Nigerian Tribune contacted the FCT Police Relations Officer, DSP Adeh Josephine, she said the Shi’ites came to cause unrest in the capital with the sole purpose and intention of making the city ungovernable.

DSP Adeh said: “We got a security report before now that the Shi’ites mobilized people from six states into the FCT with the intention of making the city ungovernable.

“They engaged our men with dangerous weapons. They were throwing explosives and stones at our men. What we simply did was disperse them with tear gas, and there was no casualty as reported in some quarters.”

When asked about the tension at the neighbouring town of Mararaba on Monday, she said she could not comment on it because Mararaba is in Nasarawa State.

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