Shiites Defy Police Order, Hold Ashura Procession
Members of the Shiites Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, in spite of a police order have carried out its Ashura mourning procession in Abuja on Tuesday morning.
Ashura which literally means tenth is an annual religious observance for Muslims all over the world, celebrated on the 10th of September.
According to the Nigerian News Agency (NAN), The Shiites which included men, women, and children gathered at around 8:00am and moved from Berger Roundabout to Wuse in a procession that lasted for only about 25 minutes in order to prevent confrontation with security personnel.
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu had earlier on Monday issued a statement in response to news of the intended procession and maintained that any procession by the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) will be treated as a terrorist act.
“The Force notes that in line with the Terrorism (Prevention) Proscription Order Notice 2019 of 26th July, 2019, the activities of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria have been proscribed. Consequently, all gathering or procession by the group remains ultimately illegal and will be treated as a gathering in the advancement of terrorism.
“To this end, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, has directed the Commissioners of Police in all the States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja as well as their supervisory Assistant Inspectors-General of Police to put in place concrete measures to avert any planned procession and/or disruption of public peace by the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, anywhere in the country.
“The IGP also enjoins the public to avail the Force with useful information as regards the activities of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria.
“In addition, the IGP has also advised parents and guardians to prevail on their children and wards not to be cajoled into embarking on illegal and ill-motivated activities by anyone or group of persons, under any guise whatsoever,” the statement said.
There has however been no report of any incident at the time of writing this.