Shiites invade NASS, demand leader’s release [PHOTOS]

The Shiites arrived the main gate of the national assembly at about 11:10am on Wednesday holding pictures of Zakzaky and chanting.

Shiites protest at National Assembly on January 25, 2017.

The Shiites arrived the main gate of the national assembly at about 11:10am on Wednesday holding pictures of Zakzaky and chanting "Government free Zakzaky" "Government free our leader."

They also refused to leave the premises despite being teargassed by security officials on the scene.

Some of the protesters were said to have thrown the teargas back at the police leading to a fight between the two groups.

The protesters however fled the area when mobile officers began to shoot into the air to disperse them.

Meanwhile, the Presidency has said that it cannot release Zakzaky despite a court order to that effect.

This was disclosed to journalists in Abuja by a top presidency source, who chose to remain anonymous, on Thursday, January 19.

The Abuja Federal High Court, on December 2, ordered the immediate release of Zakzaky.

Presiding judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole also instructed the Department of State Services (DSS) to pay the sum of N50 million to Zakzaky and his wife as compensation.

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