Shiite Sect Rejects FG’s Probe Panel On Zaria Killings…Alleges Mass Burial Of Members Killed By Soldiers
The Shi’ite Islamic Movement of Nigeria led by the detained leader, Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakzaky has rejected a probe panel set up by the Minister of Interior, Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau to look into last week’s clash between the sect clash and the Army in Zaria, Kaduna state.
The federal government had sent a high powered delegation led by the Interior Minister, Dambazau to get first hand information on the incident. The Minister, after his visit to the state governor, Mallam El-Rufai visited Sheikh Zakzaky’s residence which was demolished by the army, and his Husainiyya Islamic centre.
Spokesman of the Shi’ite, Ibrahim Musa, in a statement yesterday said, “We were told he has mandated the Area Commander of the police in Zaria to investigate and report to the presidency what happened on Saturday to the members of the Islamic Movement.
“We hereby unequivocally state that we don’t have confidence on the constituted panel headed by the AC for the following reasons: Firstly, the AC being of a junior rank compared to the perpetrators of the attack on our members might not do justice to the issue, as it involves high ranking officers of the rank of Lt. Gen.
“Secondly, when Dambazau visited Zaria, we were not even considered worth visiting or our members who are languishing at Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital.
“We hereby demand that a high powered investigative panel headed by a high ranking officer should be constituted, whose members should include members of some human rights organisations and other highly respected elders of the country.
“In another development on the crisis in Zaria, 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.”