There is tension in Abuja, the nation’s capital as security operatives launched a manhunt for the members of Islamic Movement Of Nigeria ( IMN ) popularly known as Shiites, who are had planned to carry out a massive protest at the National Mosque in Abuja.
Security has been beefed up within and outside the city and its metropolis leading to a traffic gridlock along Mararaba – Nyanya road.
Many residents were caught up as soldiers mounted series of roadblocks at AYA junction thereby subjecting motorists to severe security checks.
The traffic situation has extended from AYA to Masaka and Orange Market forcing many people to trek a long distance while others have to maneuver their way through commercial motorcycles.
Security operatives have got the wind of the planned protest by the group and quickly swung into action with the view to nipping it the bud.
Members of the group had on Friday last week ambushed President Muhammadu Buhari and held him hostage for few minutes during the Ju’mat prayer at the National Mosque.
The group is protesting against the continuous detention of their spiritual leader, Ibraheem El-Zakyzaky who has been in the custody since 2015.