Despite the order issued by the Nigerian police to desist from holding their annual Ashura procession, the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), defied all odds and embarked in their religious ritual today, 10th September.
The Ashura procession which is a memorial of the death day of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, who was killed in the Battle of Karbala, is usually marked all over the world every September 1o.
As early as 7 am this morning, members of the IMN began the procession from Berger Roundabout to Wuse, Abuja. The procession was also held in Kaduna.
Reports have it that the procession was brief to avert harassment from Nigeria’s security operatives.
Recall that on Tuesday, July 30, the Nigerian Government officially banned the IMN commonly known as Shiites, a few days after a court outlawed the Islamic group whose recent confrontation with the police left many dead.
A statement appended by Nigeria’s inspector-general of police Mohammed Adamu wrote: “In consequence, henceforth, any person engaged or associating, in any manner that could advance the activities of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria, shall be treated as a terrorist, enemy of the State.”
“The import of this is that all forms of procession or protest by IMN is now illegal and thus banned.”