Usman Umar, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in-charge of Operations under the Federal Capital Territory Police Command, has been confirmed dead following Monday’s protest by members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (Shiites) which turned violent.
The protest which became violent and bloody grounded the Abuja metropolis on Monday.
Apart from the DCP who was shot dead, Precious Owolabi, an NYSC member reporting for Channels TV, was killed by a stray bullet and some members of the Shiite group were gunned down too. Many also sustained injuries in the clash.
According to the Shiites, 11 of their members have been confirmed killed in the protest and over 30 injured.
Ibrahim Musa, the President of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria Media Forum, in a statement following the bloody protest, alleged that security agencies immediately took away the bodies of their members killed in the protest.
He added that the security went to the Abuja University Teaching Hospital in Gwagwalada to take away bodies of their members shot during the protest.
Musa said that his group were on a peaceful protest when the security forces blocked them from passing through the Federal Secretariat in Abuja.
On DCP Umar and the Channels TV reporters who were shot dead, the group denied the allegations, saying that since 2015 they had never carried arms in their protest. The group spokesman alleged that it was the police who shot and killed Umar and the reporter.
Umar had since been buried according to Islamic rite.
Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector General of Police, was immediately summouned by President Buhari following the incident.
After the closed door meeting, the police IG, told reporters that the president ordered him to provide security for all citizens in Nigeria, leaving no space for protests that would lead to breakdown of law and order.
IGP Adamu also visited the family of the late DCP after the unfortunate incident.
The group were protesting the incarceration of their leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenab, who had being in custody since December 2015.
Naija Buzz News had few days ago published a statement from the Presidency, alleging that the incarceration of their leader was not President Muhammadu Buhari’s fault, but the court.
The protesters who clashed with the police yesterday also destroyed properties worth millions, including the building of the National Emergency Management Agency Response Post and vehicles.
This is the group’s second protest in July which turned violent.
Naija Buzz News reported the last protest at the National Assembly which also led to many death and destruction of properties. About 40 Shiites members were also arrested in the previous protest.
The Nigeria Police, on Monday, arrested 54 suspected Shiites members.
In a statement issued after the protest by the Nigeria Police spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, over 3,000 members of Shiites group took over the streets of Abuja in the protest.
“Another violent protest by members of the El-Zazakky group involving over 3000 of its followers took place today at about 12.30pm within the Central Business District, Abuja.
“The heavily armed protesters, defying all sense of decency, violently attacked innocent citizens and police carrying out their duties. During the process, the DCP, FCT Command, Usman Umar, was shot and fatally injured by the protesters.
“The officer, who was immediately rushed to hospital died moments later while receiving treatment. Also, two ASPs and a Channels TV reporter sustained serious injuries and are currently receiving treatment,” the police spokesman said.
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