One person was killed on Tuesday, when the police allegedly fired gunshots and tear gas canisters to disperse a protest by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria at the Berger area of Wuse, Abuja.
Eyewitnesses said the victim who was a passerby, was allegedly hit by a bullet.
The tragedy caused a scare as nervous commuters ran away in fear.
The Shi’ites procession which started at Utako area of the city ended abruptly after the incident.
The remains of the victim was subsequently taken away by the police in one of their vans.
Recall that three IMN members were injured last week when the police fired gunshots and tear gas canisters to disperse the Shi’ite members who were demanding the release of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, who are in prison custody in Kaduna.
The spokesman for the Federal Capital Territory police command, DCP Anjuguri Manzah, in a statement confirmed that the protest recorded one casualty.
It explained that the command restored calm at Berger roundabout after a violent protest by IMN members “who went berserk and were attacking innocent citizens and police operatives with dangerous weapons”.
The statement read, “As a result of the unfortunate incident, one person who sustained an injury and was rushed to the hospital for medical attention has been certified dead by medical doctors on duty.
“Meanwhile, the FCT Commissioner of Police FCT, Bala Ciroma, has ordered a full-scale investigation into the unfortunate incident.