Sheikh El-Zakzaky to be prosecuted Over Zaria Crisis – El-Rufai
Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, has said that leader of Islamic Movement of Nigeria popularly known as Shi’ite Movement, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky would be prosecuted over the recent clash between his members and men of Nigerian Army that left some persons dead in Zaria.
El-Rufai stated this while fielding questions from newsmen shortly after the Chairman of NSGF, Governor Kashim Shettima, read the communiqué issued after the emergency meeting aimed at proffering solutions to upheavals in the region especially, that of Zaria, Kaduna State .
El-Rufai said all the parties involved in the incident will be weighed by the constitution and anyone found culpable will be prosecuted accordingly. He added that a Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by the state government would examine the remote and immediate causes of Zaria incident.
Earlier, Governor Shettima has said in the communiqué that all Nigerians should respect the law and constituted authority, just as he directed every organization, religious or social to operate within the confines of the law.
The communiqué read in part, “the Governors frowned at arbitrary blockage of highways through unauthorized processions causing inconveniences to other citizens. Henceforth, processions must necessarily be with Police permit and protection as prescribed by the law.
“NSGF endorsed all the step taken so far by the Kaduna State Governor to contain the situation and assure citizens of its readiness to maintain law and order while respecting the constitutional rights of citizens to practice their faith in a manner devoid of infringing the rights of others.
“NSG reaffirmed their commitment to take measures to revive and grow the economies of Northern states to create jobs and other opportunities as efforts already in top gear to revive agriculture and industries related to agriculture.”