Members of Islamic Movement Of Nigeria (IMN) popularly known as Shi’ite earlier today broke into the assembly complex and chased away armed policemen on duty.
The IMN members were said to have overpowered security operatives before breaking down the first gate.Shouts of “Allah Akbar” rented the air after the aggrieved protesters gained entry into the complex.
The protesters besieged the National Assembly in continuation of protests to commemorate the 68th birthday anniversary of their spiritual leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, who has been in detention since 2015.
Members of the movement were initially peaceful in their conduct although they were chanting anti-government songs from outside the gate.
But situation turned awry when some of them suddenly descended on the gate, shaking it vigorously until they succeeded in forcing it open, almost causing a stampede because of the crowd.
Some of the policemen attached to the gate tactically took to their heels.
The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yusuf Lasun had earlier called for the adjournment of plenary when he learnt that the protesters broke into the premises of the national assembly.
But more investigations revealed that the security operatives later overpowered the protesters and that the plenary went on smoothly.
They are protesting the continued detention of Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, their leader.
See photos from the protest below;