Zakzaky’s Shiites violated right of Army Chief, Buratai – Report

A report by the National Human Rights Commission says the right of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, was violated by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria during the December 2015 Shiite/Army clash in Zaria, Kaduna State, The Punch reports.

This is contained in the report of the Commission’s Special Investigation Panel on the clash released in Abuja on Wednesday.

According to the chairman of the panel, Mr Anthony Ojukwu, who presented the report to the NHRC Executive Secretary, Prof. Bem Angwe, the IMN violated the freedom of movement of the Chief of Army Staff when it blocked the highway.

The five-man committee also said the Kaduna State government violated the rights of the IMN to property because their property was destroyed without due process.

The committee also asked the IMN to tender an apology to members of the public for infringing on their right to freedom of movement for blocking the highway during their procession.

The committee asked the Federal Government to pay compensation to those who lost their lives during the incident including members of the armed forces.

While receiving the report Prof Angwe said the commission would analyse the draft report with a view to making its final report public.

It would be recalled that the Army and Shiites clashed in Zaria in December when members of the IMN blocked the highway at the time the Chief of Army Staff was enroute.

Many Shiites were feared dead during the clash, and their leader Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky who is now in custody was arrested.

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