Shiites defy heavy police presence to mark Ashura day.

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The Nigeria police moved out its men on both vehicular and foot patrol in Abuja on Tuesday to prevent members of the Islamic movement in Nigeria from their procession to mark the Ashura day.

The Islamic movement in Nigeria has been proscribed and labeled a terrorist organization whose activities have been banned anywhere in Nigeria.

Last weekend however, the group said its members would embark on a procession to mark Ashura day.

Before police contigents, whose presence in the federal secretariat area of Abuja and Banex plaza in wuse 2, was quite heavy could be deployed, members of the Islamic movement had undertaken the procession from Berger round about to wuse market area and dispersed.

Our correspondent reports that commuters moving into Abuja city center from the keffi axis snailed through several kilometers of gridlock which forced many of them to disembark from the commercial vehicles and complete their journeys on commercial motorcycles.

Other parts of Abuja where police deployed their men to prevent any possible breakdown of law and order which attended previous Islamic movement protests and processions were airport road, Transcorp area and AYA.

When information filtered that the Islamic movement had pulled a fast procession and dispersed within 30 minutes, the police relaxed the lockdown and both free human and vehicular movement has returned to the federal capital territory.

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