Police on Tuesday fired at the members of Islamic Movement of Nigeria ( IMN) after making good their threat of marching on the streets of Abuja to observe Ashura procession.
It was gathered from Kaduna State that policemen have shot Shiite protesters, killing three people.
Many others have been reportedly wounded.
Also, reports have it that an unspecified number of protesters were shot dead by armed policemen in Gombe State, SaharaReporters gathered though could not independently verify these claims.
Members of the movement said to converge on Wuse market as early as 7 a m and marched toward the popular Berger roundabout.
The protesters were seen waving flags with arabic inscriptions and chanting anti-government songs.
The protesters hurriedly dispersed on sighting armed policemen to avoid being arrested.
The protest caused gridlock in many parts of the city.
Kubwa and Mararaba expressways were completely locked down.