Police ban religious processions, rallies in Katsina


The Katsina State Police Command said it has banned all forms of processions, rallies and unlawful assemblies by ‘religious groups or any group of people’ in the state.

This is contained in a statement signed by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Salisu Agaisa, and made available to journalists in Katsina on Monday.

Mr. Agaisa said that “any person(s) caught violating this order will be arrested and prosecuted”.

“The command wishes to inform the general public that it has banned all forms of processions, rallies, gatherings and unlawful assemblies under any guise throughout the state,” he said.

The command urged parents and guardians not to allow their children to be involved in such acts.

“We are calling on parents and guardians to closely monitor their children and prevent them from taking part in such acts, as they could easily be influenced by unscrupulous elements to threaten the relative peace being enjoyed in the state,’’ the police spokesman said.

The ban occurs despite several court rulings that allow peaceful demonstrations and rallies.



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  • Abu Jawad

    I am beginning to be worried about this seeming deliberate police orders this week. The Shi’a Muslim’s one of the holiest days is Ashura- it is a commemoration of the massacre of the Holy Prophet’s family members by the Umayyad dynasty. Procession is usually the main aspect of the day. Is it not curious that the police- who are supposed to be non partisan- have suddenly become interested in denying minority rights. First it was Kaduna, then Kano and now Katsina. All these bans are aimed to deny Shi’a Muslims their fundamental rights to procession. Can the police issue same order when Izala are organizing their annual Qur’anic recitation? Can they issue same when the Dariqa are organizing their annual Maulud? Or can they deny Christians the right to process during the lent period. Why is the Nigerian state suddenly becoming anti Shi’ites? Are they not Nigerians with equal rights? Or is this a deliberate and organized official plan to coerce, emasculate and wipe Shi’ism out of Nigeria? Since when does it become government’s job to determine which sect/religion a Nigerian should professes. Unless the Nigerian government is turning Nigeria into official Sunni state- no wonder CAN is always rising concern over plan to ‘Islamize’ Nigeria- every Nigerian must be allowed to practice his religion without official highhandedness as we are seeing with this organized constitutional denial to members of Shi’a Islam in Nigeria. What the police/government failed to know is that no matter their antagonism, no matter the arrest, no matter the killing and massacre they cannot deny the Shi’ites their fundamental rights to procession even if they will arrest all the Shi’ites, we will practice our religion regardless. In fact what the police/government didn’t know/or they do, is as we process to mark this significance day, we sang this ‘ Oh our love Hussaini, the grandson of Prophet MuhD, even if they will cut our lamps, even if they will kill us, even if they will maim us we will come to you, we will process and remember your massacre’