The Police has confirmed the death of Mr Usman Umar, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, during the violent protest by members of the Shiitte movement in Abuja.
A statement by Police Spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, in Abuja, he said that two other officers were injured in the incident.
He mentioned that 54 suspects had been arrested in connection to the protest that involved no fewer than 3, 000 members of the group, protesting the continued detention of their leader, El-Zakzakky.
Mba disclosed that the protest took place within the Central Business District of Abuja, with the heavily armed protesters defying all “sense of decency and violently attacked innocent citizens and police personnel on duty’’.
“In the process, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, FCT Command, DCP Usman A.K Umar, was shot and fatally injured by the protesters.
“The officer who was immediately rushed to the hospital died moments later while receiving treatment.
“Two Assistant Superintendents of Police sustained serious injuries and are currently receiving treatment,” he said.
According to him, the violent protesters also razed down a National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Response Post with two vehicles close to the Federal Secretariat, Abuja.
The Daily Post quotes Mba as saying that the 54 suspects arrested in connection with the protest were undergoing interrogation and would be arraigned as soon as possible.
He said that the IGP had warned that the Force and the nation would not continue to suffer losses on account of reckless and lawless persons and groups in the society.
Meanwhile, Amnesty International Nigeria has expressed concern over use of deadly force by the Nigeria Police and other security agencies.
The body was reacting to the reported deaths of six people in a crackdown on supporters of the lslamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), who were protesting the detention of their leader in Abuja on Monday.
The Programme Manager, Seun Bakare in a statement said: “Eyewitnesses have told us that six people were shot dead amid a reckless use of lethal force by the Nigerian police against unarmed supporters of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) today.
The body called on authorities to investigate in an independent and impartial manner the police shootings and bring to justice all those suspected of criminal responsibility in fair trials.