The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has debunked claims that they invaded the National Assembly complex in Abuja and violently attacked security operatives.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with TV360 Nigeria, spokesperson for the IMN, Abdullahi Musa says they had embarked on a peaceful protest to demand the release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, but their gathering was infiltrated by mischief makers and hijacked for violent ends.
He said: “Our intention was to go to the National Assembly. On arrival at the National Assembly, these people did not come. We moved to the next gate to meet them. The police at the gate started shooting teargas on us. When we arrived we were calm, but they started shooting teargas and at the end of the day, they used live ammunition on us. They killed two and so many were injured.”
“On the process of shooting, I saw a police officer lying on the floor, blood was flowing because he was with us. He came together with us from the first gate. He was at the front. Anything that will make police to join you moving, that thing must be a peaceful movement. The police testified we were not armed, we were peaceful, that was why he remained with us. But when they were shooting, somebody, a police officer behind the door shot at his colleague.”
“I don’t know if it is bullet or whatever, I saw a police officer lying down, blood flowing. But two of our people were confirmed dead instantly and a lot of people were injured.
“There are some people besides the protest. These people are not part of us. I believe they are security forces in mufti. They are the ones that vandalized vehicles within the vicinity If you see any person in any video vandalizing any property that person is not part of us. He is either a police officer, DSS, SSS or soldier in mufti.”
Meanwhile, the inspector general of police has declared a 24-hour surveillance in Abuja and neighboring states to prevent escalation of the conflict, and to safeguard lives and properties.