Tension rises as Shiites burn US flag, block highway

Heavy Tension has rising in the Capital city of Nigeria, Abuja as Shiites Members and others burns United States of America Flag and even block  Major roads.

Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and some youths on Monday protested the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and his aides in a drone airstrike by the United States.
The Shi’ites burnt American flags at the Banex, Wuse area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The angry protesters chanted hate songs and slogans such as ‘Death To America,’ as they condemned the US action.
The sect members also demanded the release of their leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat who are currently in prison custody.
Our correspondent also gathered that some Muslim youths blocked the Abuja-Keffi highway in protest against Soleimani’s killing causing serious traffic gridlock on the busy road.
The unruly youths also paralyzed commercial activities in the Mararaba and Nyanya axis of the FCT as traders who feared an escalation of their action locked up their shops and fled.
It was gathered that the youths were subsequently dispersed by security agencies after some time.

The President Media Forum Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibrahim Musa last Friday issued a statement condemning the killing of Soleimani.

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It reads: “The Islamic Movement in Nigeria has received the very sad news of the killing of General Qassem Soleimani, Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force Soleimani and the Iraqi Commander, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in US airstrike at Baghdad international airport today. We strongly condemned this provocative airstrike ordered by President Trump.

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“The US killing of Soleimani is a “declaration of war” on Iran, which has now dangerously made the world on the edge of a very destructive war. For quite some time now, President Trump has been looking for ways to drag the Iranian nation to a senseless war.

US vs Iran: America warns its citizens in Nigeria

The US has advised its citizens in Nigeria to be mindful of their surroundings and be security conscious following the killing of Iranian army Chief, Qassem Soleimani and the rising tensions in the Middle East.

In a statement published on its website, the US Embassy in Nigeria also cautioned American citizens to maintain low profile and take personal security measures across the world.

The embassy advised US nationals to stay alert in public places, including schools, hospitals, government facilities, places of worship, tourist locations, and transportation hubs.

It reads: “Due to recent world events, U.S. citizens should review their personal security measures. While we have no specific threat information, it is prudent to remind ourselves of the following personal security actions to follow on a regular basis.

“Actions to take: Be aware of your surroundings; keep a low profile; avoid crowds and demonstrations; exercise caution when walking or driving at night; carry proper identification; review your personal security plans and monitor local media for updates.”

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