The Islamic Movement, Shi’ite stormed the National Assembly, Abuja. Which has forced the House of Representative to end its plenary instantaneously.
The group chanting solidarity songs and demanding immediate release of their leader; Ibrahim El-Zakyzaky. The Shi’ite members under protest entered the NASS complex after immersing security operative situated at the gate.
Following the incident, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Reps, Yusuf Lasun, announced that the Shi’ite protesters had gained entry into the premises and adjourned the sitting.
Lawmakers subsequently left the chambers. The deputy speaker asked the sergeant-at-arms to go out and confirm the report. The security official, reported shortly after, that it was safe to continue the sitting.
The security official noted that the protesters had been prevented from entering the complex.
News correspondents at the premises gathered that, though the protesters made attempts to gain entry into the premises. They were prevented by the combined team of security operatives who monitored the gate.
Furthermore, it was gathered that though the Shi’ite protesters had started peacefully but pressure heightened when policemen locked the first gate and attempted to prevent them from accessing the complex.
After shaking the gates for some minutes, protesters were able to gain entry. The massive crowed of men, women, youths mostly dressed in black swarmed the NASS complex causing panic amongst visitors and lawmakers.
However, the crowed did not advance into the chambers following appeals from their leader as they chanted “Allahu Akbar”
The protesters demanded the release of their leader and his wife since their arrest in 2015. Following a bloody confrontation between the members of the sect and soldiers in Kaduna. Hundreds of the members were killed.
Acting spokesman for the FCT Police Command, Danjuma Gajere, said the police were able to control the protest. Which he said involved over 2,000 Shi’ite members.
He further added, no arrests were made.