Several people including a police officer were killed in clashes between Shiite protesters and the police in Nigeria’s capital Abuja on Monday, when hundreds of members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) — a Shia sect — marched in the capital before being met with tear gas from police, the AFP journalist witnesses.
Protesters then threw petrol bombs, setting a local fire station ablaze. The police responded and started shooting live ammunition
Zakzaky has been at odds with Nigerian authorities for years because of his calls in the 1970s for an Iranian-style Islamic revolution.
He was detained after violence erupted at a religious procession in Kaduna State, northern Nigeria in December 2015. According to Amnesty International, some 350 Shiite marchers were killed by the Nigerian army.
Several protest marches in Nigeria have led to violence with security forces.
In October 2018, according to the IMN and human rights groups, more than 40 people were killed when the security forces opened fire on crowds on the outskirts of the capital.
The official toll is six.
Last week, President Muhammadu Buhari called on protesters to wait for the outcome of Zakzaky’s trial.