el-Zakzaky‎: Security Beefed up around Aso Rock  as Shi’ites’ Protests Continue in Abuja


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Security has been beefed up around Aso Rock, the residence of Nigeria’s President, by the police as the protests by members of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), otherwise known as Shi’ites, enter the third day on Tuesday.

The protesters have taken to the street to demand the release of their leader, Ibraheem el-Zakzaky.

The Shiites have since on Saturday demanded for the release of their leader, el-Zakzaky who has been in detention despite court rulings that he should be released.

The group and the military had clashed, leading to deaths of some of its members and injury of security personnel.

The tension their procession has caused at the nation’s capital, has forced the Nigeria Police to  deploy its officers opposite the Fire Service, the entrance to the State House, before the barricade mounted by the combined team of operatives of the Department of State Security, DSS, the Police and the army

Occupants of vehicles going into the Villa were thoroughly screened before they were allowed to drive in.

From the Secretariat to the entrances to State House  and the National Assembly, security was also beefed up with additional armed mobile police officers mounting surveillance.

Villa staff on Monday especially those leaving at the troubled areas had to close late to allow traffic mounted by the army to reduce.

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