Protesting Shiite members on Monday chased away a police team stationed at the three arms zone at the Federal Secretariat complex, Abuja.


The secretariat complex is a few metres from the National Assembly and the Presidential Villa.


The youths, who were armed with stones and other objects, temporarily took over the roads in the area.


The angry youths pelted a police Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) with stones and other objects.

The Police officer controlling traffic in one of the roads in the area scampered for safety.


The Shiite members are protesting the continued detention of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, by the Federal Government.


Their action grounded activities at the complex for over 30 minutes.


There was no vehicular movement on the busy roads around the secretariat as the angry youths marched up and down, while waiting to engage the Police who had retreated.


Workers of some ministries located at the secretariat complex temporarily locked themselves behind their gates and watched from afar as the angry youths continued their hostility.


The protesting youths destroyed vehicles belonging to the Nigeria Police Force and those of civilians that were parked along the secretariat complex.

They chanted “Mamman Daura, free El-Zakyzaky,” “Buhari free El-Zakyzaky.”


The youths vowed to continue to the protest till their leader, El-Zakyzaky, is released by the government.


The police later regrouped and engaged the angry youths in a hot chase towards the Central Business District.


A Divisional Police officer stationed at the secretariat complex and one operative of the Department of State Security Services were allegedly injured during the protest.

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