Shiites begin annual Kano-Zaria trek, urge police protection

The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shiite, yesterday appealed to the police and Kano State government not to interrupt its annual Arbaeen symbolic trek scheduled to begin today.
The Movement annual trek marks their mausoleum of Imam Husain.
The group said its members across North-West would converge in Kano for the inward trek to the movement headquarters at Zaria.

The police obstructed the IMN annual trek in 2016 and 2017, a development that led to violence confrontation and outright ban of the group’s activities in Kano.
Spokesman of the group, Dr. Dauda Nalado, who addressed journalists yesterday in Kano, said the movement had already informed the police command to provide cover for the exercise.
He said that contrary to insinuations, the movement is not a violent as being perceived by the government and security operatives.
According to him: “We are law abiding citizens carrying out the symbolic trek in fulfilment of our religious duty. Any attempt by state apparatus to halt or attack the movement is illegal, discriminatory and a gross violation of our fundamental human rights.

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