Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) clashed with officers of the Nigeria police force at the federal secretariat, Abuja, on Monday.

The IMN members, better known as Shi’ites, were protesting against the continued detention of Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, their leader when they confronted the officers.

The protesters threw stones at policemen previously stationed in the area and two police vehicles got destroyed in the process, one of them numbered: NPF246-7C.

The Shiites also took over the roads within the area, leading to disruption of vehicular movement. A police officer was said to have sustained injuries.

Calm has now been restored in the area after some policemen deployed to the area dispersed the protesters.

Aside the regular protests, the IMN members have also been converging on the Unity Fountain to demand the release of El-Zakzaky, who has been in custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) for over two years.

El-Zakzaky was arrested in December 2015 after some of his followers clashed with soldiers in Zaria, Kaduna state.

Over 300 people were said to have been killed during the clash.

Anjuguri Manzah, spokesman of the federal capital territory (FCT) police command, was not available for comments as he neither picked calls nor replied a text message sent.

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