Commission investigating Shi’ites-Army clash submits report

Posted by News Express | 16 July 2016 | 1,578 times

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The Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up to probe the clash between the Army and members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria has submitted its final report to Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.

On December 12 and 13, 2015, the Nigerian Army and members of the Muslim Shi’ite sect clashed leaving dozens dead.

The raids took place after members of the sect barricaded a road, stopping the convoy of Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai.

The Army said it used force, as the blockade was an attempt on Buratai’s life.

The Shi’a group denies attacking Buratai.

The chairman of the commission Justice Mohammed Lawal Garba blamed the delay of the report on the failure of the Shi’ite sect to appear before it.

Garba said that the panel received over 3,000 memoranda from different groups and individuals both within and outside the state.

He explained that the panel gave all warring parties right of fair hearing in line with its mandate.

In his remarks, El-Rufai thanked members of the panel assuring that the report will be diligently studied to ensure that the lessons are properly digested.

Meanwhile, Members of the Shiites sect have blocked the Zaria-Kaduna expressway, to protest against the prolonged detention of their leader, Ibrahim El Zakzaky.

Zakzaky has been in detention since December 2015.

He was arrested by the Nigerian Army after troops clashed with Shi’a members, killing over 300 of them.

The victims were secretly buried in a mass grave in Kaduna, a state official had said.

The army denies the attack.

It however admits using force, saying the Shiites had blocked the road in an attempt to assassinate army chief, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.

•Sourced from TV360 Nigeria. Photo shows Governor El-Rufai with members of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry that probed the December 2015 Shi’ites-Army clash in Zaria, Kaduna.

Source: News Express

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