Pandemonium broke out in the lobby of National Assembly and three cars were set ablaze and four policemen received gunshots on Tuesday when protesting members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) popularly called Shi’ites, broke into the National Assembly complex visitors’ car park by the second entrance to the complex.

The protesters tore through a police barricade at the first entry gate (police gate) and there were allegations that two policemen were during the violent encounter.

The incident occurred while the Senate and House of representatives’ plenary was ongoing, at about 2 pm and a policeman, soaked in blood was seen rushed into the lobby and to the National Assembly clinic.

The Shi’ite group has been protesting the detention of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El ZakZaky since December 2015.

According to an eye witness, members of the Islamic group began coming into the National Assembly premises individually until they gathered into a sizeable number.

Apparently, the protesters set the cars ablaze in frustration, after security operatives at the second prevented them from gaining access to the National Assembly complex.

Initially, the security operatives manning the entrance fired gunshots into the air, dispersing the protesters who ran for cover in different directions.


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