The police have dispersed a procession of members of the banned Islamic Movement of Nigeria who trooped out to call for the release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.
The protest started on Sultan Abubakar Road in Abuja at about 2 p.m. on Friday.
In their numbers, the protesters hoisted two flags, one red and one black, chanting “Free Zakzaky”.
As they marched, a team of police officers followed behind, shooting in the air and firing tear gas canisters.
Soon, the protesters thinned out, blending with other Muslim worshipers returning from Friday jummat prayer.
IMN leader, Ibrahim El-zakzaky has been In the custody of the Department of state services, since they were arrested in 2015.
Due to a series of violence in its protests, A federal high court on July 27 declared the group a terrorist sect, proscribing all of its activities.