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Tension As Armed Security Men Halt Shiite Muslim Procession In Katsina



A combined team of Armed security personnel Wednesday halted the annual Maulud procession of Islamic Movement in Nigeria otherwise know as Shiites in Katsina.
Daily Trust gathered that as the members were gathering at Central mosque are early in the morning for the take off of the procession, the armed officers dispersed them.
Security men also patrolled the major streets of Katsina today inorder to avert breakdown of law and order .
It was gathered that the ‘Sayyada Zahara Maulud procession’ was a yearly event held by the movement to commemorate the birthday of daughter of Prophet nMuhammad, Fatima.
Speaking on the issue, the leader of the movement in Katsina , Sheik Yakubu Yahaya said about ten armed vehicles including an ambulance stormed the venue confisticating banners, flags which scared the crowd.
According to him, it was an unfortunate incidence giving the coordinated operations of the security operatives noting that ‘we are in a state of fear and have resorted to prayers.’
In a related development, the state governor Aminu Masari said his administration will not compromise on security as it will not seat and watch what happened in kaduna to repeat itself in Katsina.
” We will take all measures to ensure Katsina remain a peaceful place as it has been,” he said.
“We have no intention to trampled on rights of worship, but ones right stops at the door step of another. We will not allow group to take over public places for their procession” he said.
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