Protesting members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria have shot dead a senior police officer, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Umar, who was in charge of Operations at the Federal Capital Territory Police Command.
Also, a Channels Television Reporter was been hit by a stray bullet as members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shiites clashed with officers of the Nigerian Police on Monday in Abuja.
Umar was reportedly gunned down as he tried to pacify the rampaging Shi’ite members who disrupted commercial activities and vehicular movement during their protest at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja, today.
He was immediately taken to an undisclosed hospital where he gave up the ghost.
A Punch correspondent who was at the Force headquarters saw policemen mourning the deceased who they described as a very kind man.
A police Inspector said, “The DCP was a very good man. We were at the mosque last Friday when he saw one man looking so haggard. The man told him how he had not been paid for over 14 months because he was unable to complete his IPPIS (Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information.)
“On hearing that the man was an Inspector, DCP Umar hugged him and immediately made calls to the officers in charge of the platform and the budget office. Today, the Inspector has been directed to come to the IPPIS office for enrollment on the platform. His death is so shocking.”
Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, has briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on the activities of members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).
Mr Adamu disclosed this to State House correspondents on Monday when he met the President at the Aso Villa in Abuja.
He said the President directed him to provide security for every Nigerian
The protest by the Shiites turned violent on Monday in Abuja, including the environs of the Federal Secretariat.