The Islamic Movement in Nigeria on Tuesday carried out its Ashura mourning procession in Abuja, in defiance of the police order.
The Ashura procession is an annual religious rite carried out by the Shia sect all over the world on 10th Muharram which today is equivalent to September 10.
A top member of the Shi’ites group, Abdullai Musa, in an interview with reporters said the procession started in Wuse market and ended around Berger from 8:00 am and ended by 8:30 am.
Abdullahi Musa said that the procession was peaceful and well organized.
Solacebase observed that the procession was hurriedly concluded to avoid a confrontation with security personnel as traditionally the procession mostly go on throughout the day.
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu earlier on Monday said that any procession by the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) amounted to terrorism.
The force spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, said any gathering by the Shi’ites “will be treated as a gathering in the advancement of terrorism.”
However, heavy security personnel were seen on the Abuja-Keffi Expressway apparently to prevent the Shi’ite members living in that axis from coming to the city center to participate in the procession.