Live bullets and tear gas aplenty in the nation's capital

Members of the Nigerian Police Force and protesting Shiite Muslims are presently facing off in Abuja. The Shiite members were protesting the continued incarceration of their leader, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakyzaky on Monday at Maitama, when armed policemen swooped on them, firing tear gas canisters at them.

Several gunshots have been fired. Also the entire Aguiyi Ironsi and Gana Streets in Maitama vicinity are currently eye-blazing with so much tear gas in the air, fired from Police tear gas canisters.

Apparently, the protest escalated into violent attacks as protesters have been allegedly destroying both private & public properties. The development paralysed traffic and commercial activities around the area as everyone avoided the area to avoid getting caught up in the fracas.

The police had last Friday cordoned off the Unity Fountain where the Shiite members usually hold their rallies. They also arrested an activist and convener, Concerned Citizens, Deji Adeyanju, who had been championing the protests for over three weeks.

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