- IGP Adamu has clarified his statement directing police commissioners to stop Shiite procession in Nigeria
- Members of IMN had said they would hold their annual procession on Tuesday, September 10, despite its ban by the federal government
- The IGP, however, said that the ban was placed on IMN's members, not all Muslims in the country
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Muhammed Adamu, has made clarification over the ban on procession of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), popularly known as Shiite across the country.
Legit.ng reports that the police in a thread of tweets on Tuesday, September 10, said the ban is only applicable to members of the IMN not the entire Muslims in the country.
The police made the clarification following enquiries from different quarters over the ban on the group.
The Force stated that Muslims marking the commemoration of “Ashura” throughout the country along with other Muslims across the world are free to carry out the annual procession.
The police, however, warned that the annual “Ashura” procession should be carried out within the confines of the law in order to guard against infiltration by unscrupulous elements who may want to take advantage of the event to cause disruption of public peace, order and security.
It would be recalled that the IGP directed all commissioners of police and their respective supervisory Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of police in commands and zones to give full effect to the clarifications.
The IGP enjoined members of the public to be calm and go about their lawful businesses, adding that the Force is doing all within its capacity to ensure there is no breach of the peace, law and order anywhere in the country.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the IGP directed the commissioners of police in all the 36 states including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), to put measures in place to avert the planned procession by the IMN.
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The order became imperative over a decision by the IMN to proceed on a yearly peaceful Ashura procession on September 10, despite its proscription.
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