The police have arrested scores of members of the Islamic Movement in
Nigeria for injuring a policeman and an operative of the Nigeria
Security and Civil Defence Corps at the National Assembly, Abuja, on
Tuesday.

The force has also launched a manhunt for Shi’ite members across the city centre.

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The
sect members had stormed the NASS complex to protest the continued
incarceration of their leader, Ibrahim Zakzaky who had been in custody
since December 2015.

Our correspondent observed a police team at
Samuel Ademulegun Avenue, near the National Mosque, searching commercial
buses in order to fish out the sect members.

The leader of the
operation, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, whose name could not be
ascertained, was seen with his team harassing commuters and other
passers-by.

The policemen, who were wielding sticks and rods,
also prevented our correspondent from talking to the suspects in their
patrol van.

“Get out of here, I don’t want to see you,” the ACP shouted at our correspondent.

When
asked about the number of arrests, the Federal Capital Territory police
spokesman, Anjuguri Manzah, said he was preparing a statement.

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