Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, otherwise known as Shi’ites, have carried out their Ashura mourning procession in Abuja, despite stern warning by the Nigeria Police.
The Ashura procession is an annual religious ritual carried out by the Shia Islamic sect all over the world on September 10.
The Shi’ites, including men, women, and children held the procession for a few kilometres from Berger Roundabout to Wuse.
The procession commenced aound eight his morning and lasted for about 25 minutes, causing traffic gridlock.
There was no report of any incident.
Police spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, had threatened that any gathering by the Shi’ites “will be treated as a gathering in the advancement of terrorism.”
As at the time of filing this report, security operatives have locked down the Abuja-Keffi Expressway, in a bid to prevent the Shi’ite members living in that axis from entering the city centre to participate in the procession.