BANJUL, June 8 (Xinhua) -- Gambian police on Wednesday issued a stern warning against music and dance during the month of Ramadan, which begins on June 6 this year.
In honor of the Holy Month of Ramadan, all ceremonies, festivities and programs that involve drumming, music and dance during the day or at night are prohibited, according to a statement from the Office of the Inspector General of Police.
"All those engaged in the practice are therefore warned to desist from such acts, otherwise they will be eventually apprehended and face the full force of the law without compromise," said the statement.
The police also advised the public to report any such persons or groups to the police, as stern actions will be taken against any offenders, the Public Relation Officer of the Police, Lamin Njie, said.
Islam is the predominant religion in the Western African nation, and in December 2015, President Yahya Jammeh declared the Gambia as an Islamic republic.