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09 Sep 2019 | 07:48 PM UTC

Nigeria: IMN to hold Ashura processions nationwide September 10

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Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) to hold Ashura processions nationwide on September 10 despite ban; clashes between police and supporters possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/9/2019, 12:00 AM until 9/11/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Nigeria

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Event

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) group will hold mourning processions in cities nationwide, including Abuja, for the Day of Ashura on Tuesday, September 10. The processions are slated to take place despite the Nigerian government's recent ban on the Shi'a group following a July 27 court order labeling the group a terrorist organization.

A heightened security presence and transportation disruptions are to be expected in the vicinity of the processions, and violent clashes between supporters and police cannot be ruled out.

Context

Muharram is a month of remembrance for Muslims, who mourn from the first night of Muharram and continue for ten nights, culminating with a large procession on the 10th of Muharram, the Day of Ashura. 

Advice

Individuals in Nigeria are advised to anticipate a heightened security presence and transportation disruptions, avoid all public gatherings, marches, and processions as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.

The security environment in Nigeria is complex and is particularly challenging in the northeast and extreme south of the country due to the presence of armed groups, high crime rates, and the risk of kidnapping. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel to such areas.

 

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