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Panel On Army, Shiites Clashes Begins Hearing

Posted: Jan 20, 2016 at 10:50 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, ?was at the headquarters of the NHRC in Abuja where was expected to state his own story as the panel set up by the National Human Rights ?Commission (NHRC), on Wednesday, commenced hearing on the clash between the Nigerian army and members of the Shiite sect in Zaria, Kaduna state on December 12-13, 2015.

While installing the board on December 21, 2015the Executive Secretary of the commission, Bem Angwe, said the move was sequel to the petition submitted to the commission by Buratai and members of the Shiite sect after the Zaria incident.

Earlier in the morning, some Shiites had gathered near the commission’s office located on Aguiyi Ironsi Road in Maitama, Abuja with placards to demand  the release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, who is currently held in custody.

While the military claimed that seven members of the movement were killed in order to save the life of the COAS during the incident, other reports suggest that hundreds of the sect’s members were killed.

Meanwhile, the commission’s boss has said the commission’s intervention has led to release of about 51 members of the sect.

The board is expected under its terms of reference read by Angwe on Monday “to find out the immediate and remote causes of the violations”.

Other highlights of the terms of reference are: To find out those responsible or culpable for the violations?; to recommend remedies if possible for the violations; to find out those who lost their lives and properties destroyed on both sides during the clash; make recommendations for damages where appropriate and for prevention of future violations, among other directives by the Executive Secretary.