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All Shi’ites procession will be treated as terrorism, police warns

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Godsgift Onyedinefu

The Nigerian Police Force has warned that any gathering or procession by the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shi’ites remains will be treated as an act of terrorism. 

This is coming on the heels of a planned procession by the IMN on Tuesday, despite the ban on protests and processions imposed on members the movement.

The IMN vowed that no force in Nigeria will stop them from carrying out their Ashura procession saying that it’s their religious rights as enshrined in the Federal Constitution.

The police in a statement by its spokesperson, Frank Mbaon Monday said the Shi’ites procession is intended to cause disruption of public peace, order and security in the Country. 

The Force noted that in line with the Terrorism (Prevention) Proscription Order Notice 2019 of 26th July, 2019, the activities of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria have been proscribed. Consequently, all gathering or procession by the group remains ultimately illegal and will be treated as a gathering in the advancement of terrorism. 

According to the statement, the Inspector-General of Police, (IGP) Mohamed Adamu, has directed the Commissioners of Police in all the States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja as well as their supervisory Assistant Inspectors-General of Police to put in place concrete measures to avert any planned procession and/or disruption of public peace by the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, anywhere in the country.

The IGP also enjoined the public to avail the Force with useful information as regards the activities of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria. 

Adamu also advised parents and guardians to prevail on their children and wards not to be cajoled into embarking on illegal and ill-motivated activities by anyone or group of persons, under any guise whatsoever.  

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