An ambient of commotion has been calmed by the men of the Nigerian Police Force Abuja on Wednesday after members of the Islamic movement of Africa took to the street in solidarity for the release of their leader.
The Shiite sect were marching to the National Assembly in protest of the continued detention of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, when the fracas ensued.
According to report, policemen fired tear gas canisters at the Shi’ite members during the encounter to disperse the crowd.
This led to a confrontation between the Shiite sect and the Nigerian Police Force.
Many of the Protesters were arrested during the clash.
The protest follows days after Human rights agency, Amnesty International called for the release of the sect leader alongside other members of the sect still in detention.
Leader of the Shiite sect, El-Zakzaky has been in detention since December 2015, over a year ago.
He alongside his wife were arrested after his followers blocked the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai and engaged soldiers in a violent confrontation which led to the death of over 300 Shiite members.
The Nigerian military has rejected the death toll.
An Abuja Federal High Court in December 2016 gave the Nigerian government an ultimatum of 45 days to ensure the release of the sect leader.