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Two killed yesterday as Shi’ites, police clash again

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It was a second day of bloodshed yesterday in Abuja, the nation’s capital, as members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) clashed with the police at the popular Banex Junction in Wuse 2.

Security operatives waited in their vehicles at the junction for the protesters, following hints that the Shi’ites would stage another protest at 2 p.m.

Eyewitnesses told our reporter that the pandemonium started when the protesters were marching towards the police and throwing stones at them.

The police, according to another eyewitness, started firing gunshots and tear gas to disperse the protesters while about two Shi’ite members were killed in the process.

The armed policemen, who blocked the road leading to the popular Banex Plaza, ensured that nobody drove through the area.

The clash sparked panic as anxious workers, commuters and motorists fled in fear of an eventuality while the city witnessed serious traffic jam around Wuse 2.

Many vehicles were said to have been vandalised during the clash; business owners locked their shops.

The body of the Channels Television reporter, Mr Precious Owolabi, whom was killed during a clash in Abuja between members of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) and the police, has been sent to his parents in Zaria, Kaduna State.

The 23-year-old National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member died when he was reportedly hit by a stray bullet on the scene of the protest.

The management of the television announced his death during its 10 p.m news on Monday.

Confirming the development to The Nation, a source said: “They are taking the body of Precious Owolabi to his parents in Zaria now.”

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