Workers, motorists in disarray as Shiite members clash with Police at federal secretariat Abuja

Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) continued their protest on Thursday demanding the release of Ibrahim El-zakzaky, their leader who has been in detained since 2015.

Mr El-zakzaky has been in detention after members of his movement clashed with personnel of the Nigerian Army.

Despite court orders for his release, the government has refused to obey the rule of law by releasing the detainee. This has forced members of the group to embarked on several protests demanding his release.

The latest of such action by the Islamic group occurred when they protested at the Federal Secretariat located in Abuja, the nation’s capital on Thursday.

In it, gun shots from men of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) were heard in the air in a bid to disperse the seemingly angry protesters.

Although, the action of the police disperse members of the group with five of them arrested, Punch Newspaper reports that workers at the Secretariat were in disarray when rumors of retaliation, by the group said to have went to regroup, filtered in.

Motorists and passers-by were also reported to have deserted the area in a bid to scamper for safety.

The group had earlier in the week clashed with security operatives when they took their protest to the National Assembly, which led to the loss of lives and injuries.

Meanwhile, a former lawmaker, Shehu Sani and legislators at the House of Representatives has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to release the detained cleric to avoid the formation of another terrorist group in the country.