President Muhammadu Buhari has summoned the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu over the violent protest by the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) in Abuja.
The IMN who are popularly called Shi’ites, are protesting the continued detention of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, who was arrested after the group clashed with a convoy of the chief of army staff in Kaduna state in 2015.
Speaking to State House correspondents after meeting the president, the IGP said the president charged the force to provide security for the residents of Abuja and the whole country.
He said the main reason for meeting the President was to brief him “on the security situation in the country, especially the activities of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN).
“Just to give him an update of what is happening in the country vis a vis their activities.
“Specifically we briefed him of the incessant act coming out of this group of people, protesting here and there. We briefed him on the fact that we have been able to curtail their excesses and to let him understand that everything is under control,” he said.
“The president asked us to make sure we provide security for every citizen of this country and not to leave any space that some group of people will create a breakdown of law and order. So, the charge by Mr. President is that we must provide security for every Nigerian.
The Shi’ites members earlier on Monday set a sub-station of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) at the federal secretariat, Abuja, on fire.
According to reports, about twelve people have lost their lives in the protest.
A Channels Television Reporter was also hit by a stray bullet.