El-Zakzaky: Police Arrest 52 Sect Members over Protest, Possession of Explosive

...Sect members debunk allegation, say they are protesting  detention of Zakzaky without trial

By Dele Ogbodo

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command, yesterday arrested 52 members of El-Zakzaky sect group known as Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), over their alleged attack on police officers, innocent citizens, possession of improvised petrol bombs, stones and catapult.

Meanwhile, some of the sect members who spoke to the media on anonymity after their protest around Areas 1 and 2 districts of Abuja, said they undertaking the exercise to draw the attention of the world to the unlawful incarceration of Zakzaky, their spiritual leader held without trial since 2015, by government security department.

In a statement however made available by the FCT Police PRO, DSP, Anjuguri Manzah, said the violence which started on Monday has snowballed into Tuesday leading to disruption of law and order within the territory.

He said: "The violent protest by members of the El-Zakzaky Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) group who went on rampage and were attacking innocent citizens including Police operative led the FCT Police Command to arrest some members of the sect and recovered some bottles of improvised petrol-bomb, stones and catapult used by members of the sect to attack police operatives and damage police operational vehicles.

"It is pertinent to state that the unlawful action of members of the sect which started on Monday is constituting a serious security threat to the peace of the territory and at the same time disrupting innocent citizens from going about their lawful businesses."

The Force PRO said the 52 members of the El-Zakzaky group arrested by police for the violent protest that left some policemen with injury will be charged to court upon the conclusion of investigation.

Meanwhile, Sharpedgenews online learnt that sect members were protesting the unrelentless detention of their leader, El-Zakzaky, that is being held incommunicado by federal government without charging him to court. 

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