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NHRC Begins Probe On Shiite/ Army Clash

The investigative panel set up by the NHRC on the clash between the Nigerian Army and members of the Shiite sect in Zaria, Kaduna State … Continue reading NHRC Begins Probe On Shiite/ Army Clash


Army-Shiite-clashThe investigative panel set up by the NHRC on the clash between the Nigerian Army and members of the Shiite sect in Zaria, Kaduna State has commenced sitting in Abuja.

This was disclosed on Tuesday by the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights ‎Commission (NHRC), Professor Bem Angwe, in Nigeria’s capital.

At the inaugural sitting of the panel, Professor Angwe said that the aim of the hearing was to unravel the truth about the clash.

He also announced the receipt of 158 memos from 13 states, promising that all parties involved in the matter would be given a fair hearing.

In his introductory remarks at the session, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, confirmed his presence on the day of the clash.

He maintained that the Army acted within the Rules Of Engagement guiding their conduct, warning that the activities of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (popularly known as Shiite) would be worse than Boko Haram if left unchecked.

A lawyer, Mr Tony Ojukwu, who will lead the NHRC panel, said that the was panel expected to find out the immediate and remote causes of the violations.

He added that the panel would also find out those responsible for the December 12, 2015 clash and recommend remedies, if possible, for the violations in addition to finding out those who lost their lives and properties destroyed on both sides during the clash.