The Nigeria Police Force have cleared air on the ban on procession issued by the force few days ago to the proscribed Islamic movement in Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shiites. The police through its spokesman DCP FRANK MBA has however made clarification on the ban on procession in a press statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday.
According to the statement, “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.
“Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM,mni has directed all Commissioners of Police and their respective supervisory Assistant Inspectors-General 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.”
Some denominations in Islam including Shiites mark the 10th day of the first Islamic month (Muharram) to commemorate the day Moses was saved from king pharaoh. The Shiites hold this day as a solemn day of mourning the martyrdom of Hussein, one of their great leaders.