By Shola Abayomi.
The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), clashed with security operatives today at the Federal Secretariat Complex, Abuja, with six members of the sect feared dead and a Channels TV journalist battling for his life.
According to reports, the protesters gathered at NITEL Junction in Wuse II for a protest march demanding the release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky but were strongly resisted by armed security personnel which resulted in sporadic gunshots and destruction of vehicles reportedly belonging to the National Emergency Management (NEMA).
Reacting to the situation, President Muhammadu Buhari summoned the Inspector General of Police (IGP),
Mohammed Adamu for briefing at the State House, Abuja.
Adamu, who spoke after the closed door meeting with the president, said: “We came this morning to brief Mr. President on the security situation in the country, especially the activities of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN). Just to give him an update of what is happening in the country vis a vis their activities.
“Specifically we briefed him of the incessant act coming out of this group of people, protesting here and there. We briefed him on the fact that we have been able to curtail their excesses and to let him understand that everything is under control.
“The president asked us to make sure we provide security for every citizen of this country and not to leave any space that some group of people will create breakdown of law and order.
“So, the charge by Mr. President is that we must provide security for every Nigerian.”