Police authorities have announced plans to prosecute 49 Shiites members arrested for alleged murder of a police personnel.
An Assistant Superintendent of police (ASP) Adama Ezekiel, was killed during the recent violent protest by the proscribed members Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) over the continuous detention of its leader, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaki in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Spokesperson of the Nigeria police, FCT Command, ASP Yusuf Mariam
disclosed this in a statement on Friday.
The statement said: “Unfortunately, the members of the disbanded sect went on a rampage destroying public property and attacking innocent citizens including Police Officers using dangerous weapons such as cutlasses, sharp knives, etc.
“Sadly, one of the Police Officer ASP Adama Ezekiel deployed to restore calm during the violent protest paid the supreme price as a result of the brutal attack where he was stabbed by one of the irate protesters.
“Forty-nine (49) members of the sect were arrested and will be arraigned in court upon conclusion of the investigation.
“In view of the above, the Commissioner of Police CP. Bala Ciroma wishes to commiserate with the family of the deceased Officer who paid the supreme price in service to the Nation.
“Furthermore, the Command wishes to state that it will not condone further attacks on its personnel, equipment or other public property by members of the proscribed group.
“The Command implores residents to remain calm, law-abiding while reaffirming its unwavering commitment to the protection of lives and property within the FCT”, he said.