Men of the Nigeria Police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, on Monday clashed with members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, otherwise known as Shiites, in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.
This was after the protesters stormed the Institute For Peace and Conflict Resolution Abuja, in Abogo Largema, part of Central business District in Abuja.
The group had mobilised its members across the North-west and North-eastern states of the country to protest against the perpetual incarceration of their leader,Shiekh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, lamenting his continued detention without trial for over two years.
The protest is reported to have started from the Unity Fountain, beside Transcorp Hilton, where the Nigerian Army and the US military were holding the African Land Forces Summit for African countries.
The police and soldiers had earlier barricaded major roads leading to the summit, but the Shiites retreated and mobilised with full force to the area.
Soldiers and policemen however prevented the protesters from gaining entry into the area as tear gas were fired and sporadic gunshots were heard in order to disperse the protesters.
This eventually led to resistance as the protesters threw stones at security forces and the police patrol vehicle.