Police have clashed with hundreds of Shiites in the Central Area of Abuja, teargassing the demonstrators as they made attempt to enter the National Assembly.
Members of the Shia group, Islamic Movement in Nigeria, have been campaigning the release of their Leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, who was detained in 2015 till date.
The Group’s members arrived the National Assembly main gate, at about noon, on Monday, and attempted to forcefully enter the compound, but were resisted by security.
A Police reinforcement, supported by the Civil Defence, later fired tear gas at the protesters and chased the fleeing demonstrators into the neighbouring Federal Secretariat, as they struggled for air.
The chase headed towards the National Mosque, created pandemonium, as people scampered for safety.