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Shia members holds procession today amidst proscription
The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) (also known as Shiites) annual Ashura procession holds today in spite its proscription by the court.
According to reports, the group also would embark on the procession to mark the Day of Ashura, which is the tenth day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar.
The Ashura is observed annually by Shi’ite Muslims worldwide to commemorate the death of Husayn ibn Ali in the Battle of Karbala in Iraq, Scannews 24 learnt.
Known as the third Shia Imam, Husayn was the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and son of Ali ibn Abi Talib, the first Shia Imam.
History holds that Husayn died during the Battle of Karbala, fought on October 10, 680 between his army and the army of the second Umayyad caliph Yazid I.
The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has however warned the Islamic Movement of Nigeria against going ahead with the procession.
Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector-General of Police, had earlier directed policemen to arrest all identified IMN leaders across the country.
The IGP also directed a team of special police to dismantle the Shi’ites structures in the country, vowing the police would not allow the Shi’ite group to violate its proscription by the court.
Shi’ite members have challenged the police and insisted it would observe the Ashura procession on today.