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.