COVID-19: Police quiz Islamic cleric who conducted prayers in Jos

COVID-19: Police quiz Islamic cleric who conducted prayers in Jos

- A popular Islamic cleric in Plateau state on Friday, March 27 defied a government order and organised a Juma’at prayer in Jos

- The cleric was also seen in a viral video on social media saying no one or nothing can stop him from gathering his followers to pray

- The police in the state quizzed the cleric and warned him to stop violating orders that were given by the government

An Islamic cleric in Jos, the Plateau state capital, Sheikh Sani Yahaya Jingri, has been quizzed by the police for violating the order against social gathering on Friday, March 27.

The cleric who is the leader of Jamatu Izalatu Bida Wa Ikamat Sunnah (JIBWIS), on the said day, organised a Juma’at prayer.

He was also seen in a viral video on social media, saying no one or nothing can stop him from gathering his followers to pray.

COVID-19: Police quiz Islamic cleric who conducted prayers in Jos

Followers of Sheikh Sani Yahaya Jingri are in their thousands in the city of Jos
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ThisDay reports that the cleric was warned by the police to stop violating orders that were given by the government.

A source quoted in the report said: “The Sheikh was insisting that he could not be stopped from gathering his followers to worship Allah.

“But the police had to threaten him that insisting on gathering large crowds means he was drawing a battle line with the government, a development the police said will attract sanction.

“It was only then that the cleric reluctantly agreed to obey the order.”

Addressing the press after the prolonged meeting with the police, the counsel to Jingri, Aliyu Alhassan said: “The sheikh was not officially notified about the social distance at places of worship before Friday, but that has now been done.”

Also, the spokesman of JIBWIS, Ahmad Mohammad, said the sheikh was invited by the police for interaction and an understanding has been reached.

He said the organisation has already implemented some of the safety measures as given by the government, such as the provision of hand sanitisers in offices and places of worship, and has also closed all its nursery, primary, secondary and tertiary schools.

On his part, the police spokesman in the state, Gabriel Ogaba, said that the sheikh was called upon in respect of the gathering of his followers.

He said the cleric has now accepted that he would go by the rules.

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Meanwhile in Lagos, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday, March 31 commended Lagosians for compliance on the first day of the stay-at-home directive of President Muhammadu Buhari in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus.

The governor said the compliance indicates that Lagosians understand the enormity of the coronavirus pandemic, reminding residents of the state that the lockdown directive is a strategy to avoid community spread of the virus.

“I salute our law enforcement agents who have been working tirelessly to ensure that the presidential directive is enforced. I enjoin them to continue in that spirit. They should be firm but courteous in discharging their responsibilities,” he added.

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