US EMBASSY IN NIGERIA CALLS FOR A THOROUGH INVESTIGATION OVER IMN CLASHES WITH SECURITY FORCES

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The United States has called for a thorough investigation into the recent clashes between members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) and security forces.

This is contained in a statement the US embassy in Nigeria released on Thursday, November 1, 2018.

In the statement, they urged the federal government to hold everyone responsible for the violence to account.

The IMN members have been clashing with policemen and soldiers in various parts of Abuja since Saturday, October, 27, 2018 as they have been protesting the continued detention of Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, their leader.

While the army have said three persons were killed during one of the protests, IMN have declared over 1000 of their members missing.

The statement from the US embassy in Nigeria read:

“The United States Embassy is concerned by the deaths resulting from clashes between Nigerian security forces and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria in areas surrounding Abuja.

“We urge government of Nigeria authorities to conduct a thorough investigation of the events and to take appropriate action to hold accountable those responsible for violations of Nigerian law. We urge restraint on all sides”.

The police arraigned over 100 IMN members on Thursday before different magistrate’s court in Abuja.

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