A member of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shi’ites has reportedly been shot dead during a clash between IMN members and the police.
The protesters, who were denied access to the converged on a spot in the Maitama area of Abuja.
The police fired teargass to disperse them but the protesters pelted the officers with stone. The deceased was said to have been killed in the confusion that ensued.
The police have cordoned off part of the road between Eagle Square and Unity Fountain in the nation’s capital to prevent movement of the group.
Anjuguri Manzah, spokesman of the federal capital territory (FCT) police command, is yet to react to the incident.
Last week, a member of the group was reportedly killed while many of them were arrested.
Shi’ites have been demanding the release of Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, leader of the group, who has been in custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) for over two years.
El-Zakzaky was arrested in December 2015 after some of his followers clashed with soldiers in Zaria, Kaduna state.