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Army carried out massacre on Shiites, spokesman tells NHRC

Army carried out massacre on Shiites, spokesman tells NHRC

The campaigner, ‘Free Sheikh Za­kZaky’ group and Spokesman of the Shiite Islamic Movement, Ab­durrahman Abubakar Yola, said members of the sect were ‘unjustly killed’ by men of the Nigerian Army in Zaria.
Yola disclosed that Shi­ite faithful in thousands were gruesomely mur­dered and buried in mass graves.
“The Army dug big graves and buried all the people they killed hence they demanded that the people should be brought out of the grave so that they can be given a befit­ting islamic burial.”
Speaking yesterday in Abuja when the move­ment appeared before the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) investigative panel on the Zaria killing to defend their part of the incident, he said the Army inten­tionally planned and suc­cessfully carried out their attack against the sect.
Yola said that the movement never at­tempted any assassina­tion on the life of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai rath­er, he said, “Army officers were already stationed in front of our mosque and residence with weapons some hours before the arrival of the Army boss.
“It is about 54 days now and we do not know where they have taken our leader and some oth­er members to and we demand for their release.
“Our leader and the en­tire group preach peace, so there is no reason why any finger should point at our leader and say he is disturbing the peace of the country.”
Abubakar expressed shock that the Army sub­mitted a petition against the group concerning the incident and the commission constituted a panel immediately to commence investigation on the issue.
On his part, Execu­tive Secretary of NHRC, Prof Bem Angwe, said everyone involved in the matter must be treated equally and will be given opportunity to give their account of the incident.

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