Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) has accused the government of Kaduna of failing to prosecute the soldiers that killed 347 members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), also known as the Shiites.
In a statement on Thursday, Falana said the Kaduna government also helped the Nigerian Army in secretly burying the slain Shiites.
“The Kaduna State government has refused to prosecute the soldiers who killed the 347 Shiites as recommended by the judicial commission of inquiry which it had set up,” the statement read.
“The Kaduna state government aided and abetted the army in the secret burial of the bodies of the slain Shiites in a mass grave in Mango village, near Zaria.
“As if those atrocities were not enough, the Kaduna state government proceeded to demolish the houses of the Shiites leader, Sheik Ibraheem Elzakzaky. Apart from witnessing the gruesome murder of three of their children, Elzakzaky and his wife who were subjected to horrendous brutalisation from the troops have been detained without trial since December 14, 2015.
“Having lost his right eye Elzakzaky has applied to seek medical treatment abroad. But the request has been rejected by the State Security Service. In a grand display of impunity the order of the federal high court that the couple be released from detention and be provided with accommodation by the government which has rendered them homeless has been treated with disdain.”
Falana also queried President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal not to order the army authorities to court martial the soldiers involved in the killings.
“In the same vein the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, President Buhari has refused to direct the army authorities to constitute a court-martial for the trial of the military officers who issued the illegal order for the genocidal acts,” he said.
Dolapo is a writer and journalist who works with YNaija. He has interests in Christianity, politics and sports.
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