SHIITE-NIGERIA ARMY FRACAS IN ZARIA-Our Stand
1.On 12th December 2015 the Shiite and Nigeria Army clashed in Zaria. The Zaria skirmish generated protest by members of Shiite sect in many cities in Northern Nigeria.
- Local and foreign reports holds that many members of the sects were killed – including the sect leader’s wife, son and deputy leader of the group Sheik Mahmood Turi. Similarly, their headquarters, personal house of the leader Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and school were demolished by the Army. Again, the Sheik El-Zakzaky was captured and taken to unknown clime by the Army.
- It is very clear that the military used disproportionate and unaccountable force in reacting to an incident that started in a Spot called PZ in Sabon Gari Zaria. The magnitude Of lives loss and photos of dead bodies displayed in the old and new media clearly suggests; there were gross violations of human rights by Nigeria Army.
- Consequently, CEDRA calls for immediate investigation of the Zaria carnage and state institutions and persons acting under its umbrella responsible for killing of innocent Nigerians prosecuted.
- CEDRA also draw the attention of United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHR) to this incident.
Dr. John Danfulani