A riot policeman died yesterday when members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), otherwise known as Shi’ites, protested in Kaduna.
This protest followed their inability to access the court where their leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, was billed for trial.
Exits and entrances leading to the court located inside Gabasawa police station were blocked.
Reporters, who arrived at the court as early as 7am, were barred from the premises, and only stood far away to observe happenings.
An eyewitness said the policeman, who was among troops deployed to stop the protesters, was overpowered around Ahmadu Bello Way.
He said: “The policemen fired tear gas and live ammunition and initially succeeded in pushing the protesters back, but the protesters overpowered a mobile policeman and he was mobbed to death. His gun was also taken away.”