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IMN holds Ashura procession

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria has carried out its Ashura mourning procession in Abuja.

The Ashura procession is an annual religious ritual carried out by the Shia Islamic sect all over the world on September 10.

According to a top member of the Shi’ite group, Abdulai Musa, the procession started in Wuse market and ended around Berger about from 8:ooam and ended by 8:30am.

Musa told The Nation newspaper that the procession was peaceful and well organised.

IMN had on Monday petitioned the Human Rights Commission, United Nations and the European Union over Tuesday’s Ashura procession which it claimed that the police are preparing to disrupt and attack its members.

In Kano, a special strike force from the State Police Command consisting of over 200 armed police officers, embarked on a motorised patrol of the city, as early as 6:00 a.m., warning that it will not condone any form of procession, unlawful assembly or demonstration by any group in the state.

In a press statement, the spokesman, DSP Abdullahi Haruna, warned that anyone caught flouting the order would be arrested.

Police insisted that the ban on the procession only applies to members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, not the Shiite body as a whole. 

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