Police arrest 42 Shiite protesters in Abuja

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Police in the FCT has arrested 42 members of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) over violent protests in the territory on Tuesday.

DSP Josephine Adeh, a spokesperson for the police, said that the protesters came from Niger, Bauchi, Gombe, Borno, and Kaduna states to cause mayhem in the FCT.

She said the suspects, carrying charms, stones, and some minor explosives were nabbed at the Kubwa-Gwarimpa axis of Abuja.

She added that they stormed the area in large numbers, obstructing traffic and throwing stones and explosives at police operatives.

Adeh said police operatives had been able to disperse the protesters and brought the situation under control.

According to her, no casualty was recorded but some of the protesters sustained injuries.