Members of representatives of the violent protest forced to adjourn the session Members of the House of Representatives hastily postponed their meeting on Tuesday after members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shiites, stormed the National Assembly compound.
Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila told other legislators that they would have to suspend the session “due to security concerns,” while an executive meeting would be held to deliberate on the incident.
As previously reported in GISTOK, it has been feared that some lives were lost, while property, including cars, was destroyed and others burned when Shiite protesters tore down the first door of the National Assembly.
However, when they approached the second door that serves as the main entrance to the complex, the security agents on the ground repelled them, fired into the air and fired tear gas to disperse the violent demonstrators.
Shiite members are protesting the continued detention of their leader, Ibrahim Elzakzaky,
who was in custody since he was arrested in 2015 after a confrontation with the convoy of the army chief of staff in Kaduna state. There have been several court orders granting him bail, but so far the government has refused to obey the rules.