Police forces reportedly dispersed members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) group who were rallying in Kaduna for the Day of Ashura on Tuesday, September 10. According to members of the group, the police killed three, an allegation the police did not confirm. Initial reports state that the police have also fired shots at and arrested mourners gathered in Bauchi. Processions are also ongoing in Abuja, Birnin Kebbi (Kebbi state), and Gashua (Yobe state), amid a heightened security presence.
Transportation disruptions are to be expected in the vicinity of the processions, and further violent clashes between supporters and police cannot be ruled out.
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.
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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