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Updated: Buhari summons IGP, issues new directive as Shiite protest turns violent in Abuja, 11 die





- Following the latest violence caused by the Shiite group in Abuja, President Muhammadu Buhari has summoned the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Adamu Mohammed

- IGP Mohammed said at the closed-door meeting, he briefed the president on the protest and what the police has done about it

- The IGP disclosed that President Buhari issued an instruction to the police to protest all Nigerians irrespective of where they reside

President Muhammadu Buhari has summoned the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Adamu Abubakar Mohammed, to Aso Rock over the latest bloody protest by the members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), also called Shiite.

It was learnt that at the closed-door meeting, IGP Adamu briefed the president on the latest protest by the Shiite group in Abuja.

This is as reports claim that at least seven persons, including a police chief, lost their lives in the violent protest.

Premium Times quotes Amnesty International as issuing a statement saying it got a report that “six people were shot dead amid a reckless use of lethal force by the Nigerian police."

The Nation reports that the IGP also received instruction from the president that he should protect all Nigerians wherever they may live within the country.

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After the meeting, the IGP told journalists: “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.”

He said the president was also briefed on what he called ‘the fact’ that the police had been able to curtail the excesses of the protesters and that everything was 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,” he added.

Legit.ng earlier reported sporadic shootings at the entrance gate of the National Assembly on Monday, July 22, as policemen and other security agents tried to prevent protesting Shiite members from gaining entrance.

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It was learnt that the Shiites vowed to continue their daily protest on the streets of Abuja till their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, is released.

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