SHI’ITE PROTEST: DCP Umar Buried As Police Ensure Security in FCT

Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of operations, Federal Capital Territory Command, DCP Usman Umar, who was shot dead during the violent clash between the Police and protesting Shi’ite members in Abuja on Monday, has been buried.

He was reportedly buried at the national cemetery on Monday evening after a short prayer at the National Mosque.

The FCT Police spokesman, Anjuguri Manzah, confirmed on Tuesday that the deceased officer had been buried.

Umar, described as a kind man, was pacifying the Shi’ite members when he was felled by a bullet. He died before he could be taken to the hospital for treatment.

In anticipation of another round of protest by the members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, the police on Tuesday beefed up security around the Federal Secretariat, Abuja, scene of Monday clash.

Armed and battle-ready policemen could be seen in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, inside the Eagle Square and generally within the three arms zone.

The area was, however, calm as commuters and workers went about their businesses.

Our correspondent also observed riot police officers in trucks being deployed in parts of the Federal Capital Territory to forestall a breakdown of law and order.

The carcasses of the ambulance and fire truck belonging to the National Emergency Management Agency, set ablaze by the rioters are yet to be evacuated.