Army/Shiites Clash: Judicial Panel Submits Report

Governor El-Rufai Receiving the report from Justice
Governor El-Rufai Receiving the report from Justice Garba

The Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by the Kaduna State Government to investigate the clash between soldiers and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria in Zaria on December 12, 2015, has submitted its final report to the State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.

Chairman of the Commission, Justice Mohammed Garba, submitted the report on Friday at the Government House, Kaduna.

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, noting, however, that the Islamic movement failed to appear before the Commission to give their own account of the incident.

Receiving the report, Governor El-Rufai assured the panel that it would be diligently studied and implemented in order to prevent a future occurrence of such ugly incident in any part of the state.

The also said that the commission’s report will not be made public for the time being.

Meanwhile, Ibrahim Musa, Spokesman for the Islamic movement, has reacted to the claim by the Commission that they refused to make submissions.

Musa said that by the continuous detention of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and other members of the movement, the Nigerian government showed it was not willing to give the group fair hearing, and thus would not get justice from the Commission of Inquiry.



    He maintained that the only way to ensure peace was to release the Shiites leader and other members of the group from detention.

    Recall that Femi Falana, SAN, lawyer to El-Zakzaky had initiated a N2 billion suit against the Nigerian government for what he described as the violation of his client’s human rights as a result of his continued detention.

    But FG said El-Zakzaky was taken into custody following intelligence report that he was going to be attacked and killed.

    Ayodeji Ibitoye, an operative in the legal services department of the DSS, said Zakzaky was evacuated to the medical facility of the service where he is being attended to by the best doctors and his treatment has gulped millions of naira at the expense of the state.

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