Shiites reject FG’s investigative panel, demand fresh one

Posted by News Express | 17 December 2015 | 2,435 times

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Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria have kicked against the composition of an investigative panel of enquiry into the recent clash between their members and soldiers in Zaria, which left scores of their members dead.

The members, in a statement through their spokesman, Ibrahim Musa, expressed lack of confidence in the constituted panel being headed by the Area Police Commander.

The Shiites said that the Area Commander, being of a junior officer when compared to the perpetrators of the attack on their members, might not be fair to all parties, since the matter involved a high ranking officer of a Lt. General.

They also expressed sadness over the inability of the Interior Minister, LT General Abdulrahaman Dambazau, to visit injured members who were being treated in the Hospital, during his visit to Zaria.

The sect, however, demanded that a high powered investigative panel be constituted, which would be headed by a high ranking officer. They also demanded a leader whose members would cut across human rights organisations and other highly respected elder statesmen.

Part of their statement read: “The Army authorities today evacuated the corpses they deposited at the morgue of Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital and buried them in unknown mass graves.

“This is a very unfortunate episode in the massacre of innocent Muslims conducted by the Nigerian Army.

“How can people whose parents and relatives are all known be buried without proper Islamic burial? This is against all known Islamic laws and principles and even the international laws. The Nigerian Army has desecrated our dead.

“We hereby demand the location of the mass burial, and the interrogation of those who ordered the operation.”

Early this week the Federal Government sent a high powered delegation led by the Interior Minister, General Dambazau to assess the situation. (Channels TV)

•Photo shows detained Shiite Leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky.


Source: News Express

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