The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (aka Shiite) on Tuesday carried out their Ashura procession across the country despite police warning against it.
The Shiite group was barred from engaging in public procession following its proscription by the Nigerian Government.
Naija Buzz News had reported that the government had obtained a court order to proscribe the group and declare them terrorist organization.
Consequently, the police in a statement through its spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, warned that the group’s gathering would be treated as a gathering in the advancement of terrorism according to the Terrorism Prevention Proscription Order Notice of July 26, 2019.
“Following the deluge of enquiries concerning the ban on procession on the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), it has become absolutely imperative to clarify that the ban on processions is applicable to members of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria only,” Mba said.
“Against this backdrop, Muslims marking the commemoration of “Ashura” throughout the country along with other Muslims across the world are free to carry out the annual “Ashura” procession.”
“They should, however, do so within the confines of the law and guard against infiltration by unscrupulous elements who may want to take advantage of the event to cause disruption of public peace, order and security.
“The IGP has directed all CPs & their respective supervisory AIG of Police in Commands and Zones to give full effect to the above clarifications and ensure that non-IMN Muslims are not in any way restricted from exercising their freedom of religion, worship and peaceful assembly.
“In the same vein, the IGP has enjoined members of the public to be calm and go about their lawful businesses as the Force is doing all within its capacity to ensure there is no breach of the peace, law and order anywhere in the country.”
In Abuja today, the group ignored the police warning and went on with its procession. Men, women, children walked few kilometers from Berger Roundabout to Wuse and then quickly rounded up the procession to avoid police confrontation.
Police reportedly killed 3 Shiite members in Kaduna
The procession in Kaduna State was however bloody. According to reports, 3 members of the Shiite group were killed by the police during the procession earlier today.
The Kaduna State Police Command has however vehemently denied killing any member of the group today, adding that reports that it killed 3 Shiites members were lies.
Ibrahim Musa, the spokesman of the Shiites, however insisted that 3 of their members were killed.
The Kaduna Police admitted to have dispersed the Shiites gathering in the Bakin Ruwa area of Kaduna today, but however noted that there was no casualty.
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