The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for investigation into the violent clash between security forces and members of the Shiite Movement in Abuja on Monday.
The party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan blamed the All Progressives Congress (APC) led government over what it termed use of force and infringement on the rights of citizens.
It said the clash was “linked with protests over the continued refusal of the APC-led federal government to release the leader of the group, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, despite being granted bail by courts of competent jurisdiction.”
"Furthermore, the PDP and indeed, all lovers of democracy across the country are deeply concerned about the continued erosion of democratic tenets by the APC administration, resulting in avoidable crisis in various parts of the country," the opposition party said.
The party called for calm and urged security high commands to ensure that the matter was nipped in the bud applying the highest level of professionalism.