Ashura: Muslims free to hold procession, IMN members banned — Police

Shiites leader, Ibrahim Zakzaky and Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu
Shiites leader, Ibrahim Zakzaky and Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu
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The Police has said that the ban on Ashura procession only applies to members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and not other Muslims observing the day.
 
This was revealed in a statement issued by the Police spokesman, DSP Frank Mba on Tuesday.
 
In the statement, he said, “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.
 
“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.”
 
 
(TPM)

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