Two days of Nigerian police clashing with Shiite protesters

ABUJA- Nigerian police fired teargas for a second day Tuesday at protesters demanding the release of Shiite leader Ibrahim Zakzaky, who has been in jail without charge since December 2015.

Dozens were arrested by armed police who were wearing bulletproof vests and gas masks during clashes in Abuja, the national capital.

Demi Adeyanju part of civil society group called Concerned Nigerians said, “We’ve come under serious attack today,”

“The more they attack the more (we) come out,” Deji added. “We want to defy tyranny and a dictatorship.”

The police have yet to comment.

Zakzaky, head of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), his followers have clashed with police since December 2015 as he has been held in government custody.  Despite court orders that he should be freed, he still remains under their custody.

More than 350 IMN followers were killed in the 2015 clashes. During the clashes Zakzaky was shot and injured leaving him partly paralysed and blind in one eye.

The Shiite leader has frequently been imprisoned for alleged incitement and subversion.

IMN and the Nigerian government has been in conflict for years, as IMN seeks a Iranian-style Islamic revolution in the country’s Sunni Muslim-majority north.

His followers on Monday had clashes with the police in Abuja’s Maitama area , the police made at least 115 arrests.

Photo Credit- The Nation

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