Shiites- Death of 12 innocent during Ashura Procession

The yearly Ashura procession held by the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) was abruptly disrupted yesterday the 10th of September 2019 when the police allegedly initiated violence thereby leading to the death of 12 of the innocent members during the procession.

Ibrahim Musa, the president of the group’s media forum said that the march was held in different locations  like: Abuja, Jos, Kebbi, Minna, Lafia, Yola, Gusau, Zaria, Kano, Jalingo, Damaturu, Hadejia, and Potiskum.

According to what he said, “That the mourning procession ended peacefully in places where (members) were not attacked by the police is sufficient evidence as to who the instigators of violence are whenever we are carrying out legitimate religious activities.”

He also added in a statement: “The casualty figures may rise due to the gunshot wounds sustained by some of the mourners.”
The procession in Abuja began at Wuse Market by 8:00 and shortly after there was the intermission of the heavily armed security guards making the procession to end in Berger Roundabout. Ahmed Musa spoke on the brevity of the issue and said it was a ploy to avoid a clash with the police.

“Our plan was just to March from Wuse Market to Berger and we have done just that. But the reports we are getting from Kaduna, Gombe, and Bauchi are not so good. Our people are telling us that security forces are teargasing them and shooting live ammunition at them.”

The Federal Government proscribed the group in July, with Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu warning that all forms of processions or protests by the sect were banned forthwith.

Yesterday, Police Public Relations Officer Frank Mba released a statement clarifying that the ban on processions was only applicable to the IMN.

It reads: “The Inspector-General 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.”

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