There was a heavy riot, today April 16, in the Maitama area of Abuja, the Nigerian capital.
The riot broke out after protesting Shi’ite group clashed with some security agents.
The group were protesting the release of its leader, El-Zakzaky who has been in custody of the DSS.
As seen in a video obtained from social media, the visibly enraged Shi’ite members were seen throwing stones and sticks an armoured tank mobilized to the protest scene. They were several attempts by the protesters to break into the armoured vehicle.
The Shi’ite members were not moved by the teargas continuously fired by security agents to disperse them.
In another video, people are seen carrying an injured man who was allegedly hit by a bullet fired from the gun of a police officer.
The protesters are assembled at the Unity Fountain, beside Transcorp hotel.
The Shi’ite group have been protesting since Thursday on the streets of Abuja.
Meanwhile, residents have been advised to avoid major roads in Maitama and Wuse area of the Federal Capital Territory.