The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) has said the Nigerian Army shot and killed 16 of its members at a military checkpoint in Nyanya, Abuja on Monday.
Spokesperson of the group, Abdullahi Muhammadu Musa stating that according to the injuries on the victims’ bodies, they were shot dead at close range.
He added that the soldiers also took away an unspecified number of corpses with their truck, noting that many people sustained varying degrees of injuries.
It was gathered that the protest, which entered the second day on Monday, turned violent at Nyanya military checkpoint along Mararaba road, when the soldiers engaged the protesters with live ammunition.
The protesters, who were coming from Mararaba/Nasarawa axis, surmounted the police blockade at the city gate that bordered the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Nasarawa State peacefully.
However, trouble started when the group approached another checkpoint, which was located at Nyanya. It was gathered that the security operatives on duty who were drafted to mount a roadblock in the area, asked them to stop, but the group decided to proceed with the protest and ignored the order. This led to fisticuffs between the group the security operatives, forcing the police to open fire on the protesters at close range.