*FG orders FCT minister to restore order
Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) have alleged that 42 of its members have been killed by troops during its ongoing protests in parts of Abuja, Nigerian capital city.
The IMN members are protesting the continued detention of their leader, Sheik el-Zak Zaky, by the Nigerian government.
It alleged that the victims were killed by the Nigerian Army when it fired live bullets and tear gas to disperse the protesters.
The IMN had organised the protests to demand the release of its leader, Sheik El Zakzaky, who has been in federal government custody since 2015, when security forces raided his headquarters in Zaria, Kaduna State after their member blockaded a military convoy few days earlier.
One police patrol vehicle was burnt during the clash on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Federal Executive Council meeting, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, has directed the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Bello Mohammed, to take charge of the security operations to check the protests by the IMN in his domain.
Briefing State House Correspondents after the FEC meeting, Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, disclosed that the violent clashes between Shi’ites members and security men in Abuja, was deliberated at the Council meeting.