A combined team of policemen and soldiers reportedly opened fire on the members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), better known as Shi’ites, in Abuja on Monday evening.
The incident happened at Nyanya checkpoint along Mararaba road in the nation’s capital.
Security operatives had intercepted the procession of the sect members who were marching from Mararaba/Nasarawa axis.
A witness told TheCable that the policemen and soldiers fired live bullets after failing in the bid to prevent the protesters from moving into the city.
“The security personnel opened fire on the protesters at close range. The IMN members were advancing towards Abuja when they were stopped,” the witness said.
“Many of them were killed. Some also sustained injuries.”
On Saturday, five IMN members were shot dead during a procession in Zuba, Gwagwalada area council of the federal capital territory (FCT).
The Shi’ites were proceeding from Suleja, Niger state, to Abuja for a three-day mass protest.