Following the detention of the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (Shiites) leader Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, members of the movement on Tuesday protested in Wuse 2, Federal Capital Territory Abuja, clashing with armed forces for the third day.
Eyewitnesses posted videos of tear gas being sprayed at the protesters with gunshots heard in the background.
According to online report, since the arrest and detention of El-Zakzaky, his followers have organised series of protest in some cities calling for his release.
It would recall that Zalzaky was arrested in 2015 following a confrontation between his members and the motorcade of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai in Zaria, Kaduna State which led to the death of hundreds of Shiites.
Twitter users have taken to their various handles to react to the shooting as they warn residents to stay clear of Wuse 2 road.
Below are some of the reactions captured from Twitter:
Today is day 3 of the face off between Shiites and police /soldiers in Abuja. Please be careful around wuse 2 pic.twitter.com/sfO4PC36HY
— sexy weirdo (@Ajikeade20) October 30, 2018
Is this how we will be watching?
Day 1: Shootings at Dei-Dei Zuba.
Few numbers reported dead
Day 2: Shootings at Nyanya – Mararaba, death figures increased.
Day 3: At the Central Area (Wuse 2)
And everyone minding their business in Abuja..
— Gbemi Dennis™ (@GbemiDennis) October 30, 2018
Gunshots and Teargas in Wuse 2!!!!!
If you're in Wuse 2, Maitama or plying that axis please, find a safe place and remain there till this madness subsides.
Abuja people, it's better safe than sorry!!!!
I beg you people!!! pic.twitter.com/cnlbGtjqPi
— Sisi Zolanski (@Isab33lla) October 30, 2018
Shiites have started a fresh violence, stoning people at Wuse 2 today again.
The best PMB can do is to proscribe these bastards as terrorists.
Disturbing public peace in the name of a peacefully known religion. That is the beginning of terrorism.
— Liberty Badmus (@libertybadmus) October 30, 2018
Lol I just left Wuse 2, I can’t risk getting shot for nothing.
Abuja residents should avoid Wuse 2 and Central Area.
You might as well just stay in your house.
The Shi’ites are at it again.
— FARAZ(SARFARAZ) (@svd66q) October 30, 2018
Gunshot and teargas again around Wuse 2. Please stay safe in Abuja. Praying for Nigeria. Praying for Abuja. Praying for peace.
— Dr. Dípò (@OgbeniDipo) October 30, 2018
So many tweets about Wuse 2 and people staying indoors because the military has started their craze!
It’s safe to stay indoors but it’s also the reason we have been in captivity for so long!
Shiites are on their own for now!
When this subsides we will resume hashtagging
— JFK | #NewVoices (@JudeFeranmi) October 30, 2018
Day 1(Zuba): Shoot at protesters… kill a few of them (Yet they keep moving).
Day 2 (Nyanyan Mararaba): Shoot at protesters… kill a few of them (Yet they keep moving).
Day 3 (Wuse 2): Shoot at protesters… (Yet they keep moving).
Someone is obviously not thinking.
— V (@topeatiba) October 30, 2018
Shiites protest in Wuse 2, Abuja has turned VIOLENT. When will our security agents allow Shiites to protest in peace? Our security forces should STOP discrimination!!!
— EnyEnE | #EndSars (@iamEnyene) October 30, 2018