Kaduna Govt says 347 Shiites killed by Nigerian troops given secret mass burial

Shi'ite procession  from Kaduna to Zaria
Shi'ite procession from Kaduna to Zaria

The Kaduna State Government on Monday announced that 347 persons were killed during the December 12 Shiite/Nigerian Army clash in Zaria.

The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Balarabe Lawal, disclosed this in a government submission at the ongoing Public Hearing of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the clash.

The burial of the victims was done in secret, and this is the first time the state government was explaining how the remains of the killed shiite members were disposed.

Mr. Lawal, who led a six-man government witnesses before the panel, said 191 corpses were taken from the Nigerian Army Depot, Zaria, and were buried at Mando area of Kaduna.

He said 156 corpses were also conveyed from the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), Zaria, to the same Mando area.

The official said the corpses were those of youth members of the Islam Movement (IMN) who he alleged attempted to attack the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Dec. 12, 2015, in Zaria.

The state government said the corpses were committed into a single grave (mass burial) at the Mando area jointly supervised by the state government officials and about 40 men of the Nigerian Army, led by an officer in the rank of a Major.

Mr. Lawal did not say whether relatives of the victims were given opportunity to identify and recover their loved ones before the state labelled them unknown corpses and buried them in a mass grave.

The SSG said 189 suspects were being prosecuted for alleged involvement in the Zaria crisis while one suspect died in custody.

He said the state government received several security reports from the State Security Service (SSS) on the activities of the movement.

According to him, several measures were taken to address the situation before it finally escalated into the clash with the Nigerian Army.

Another witness and Director-General, Kaduna State Interfaith Agency, Namadi Musa, said the mass burial was conducted on December 14 and 15, respectively, and that it took the officials about six hours to complete the burial.

Mr. Musa said while six tonnes of Mercedes tippers conveyed the 191 corpses from the ABUTH, the Army used three heavy duty trucks to convey corpses from the Zaria Army Depot.

“The mass burial was authorised through a warrant of burial obtained from a Kaduna Chief Magistrates’ Court in Kaduna,’’ he said.

The state government blamed some of the lapses and the excesses of the movement on the inability of the previous government which did not take serious action to curtail the activities of the sect.

On the alleged demolition of buildings and structures of the IMN leader, the witnesses said that the demolitions were based on recommendation of a committee set up by the state government.

The witnesses, including officials of the Kaduna State Urban Planing and Development Authority (KASUPDA), the Kaduna Public Works Agency (KAPWA) and the state ministry of Works, Transport and Housing, told the panel that several other structures belonging to individuals had been demolished for poor building specifications and standards.

Saratu Haruna, General Manager, KASUPDA; Namadi Musa, D-G Interfaith Agency; and Prof. Adamu Ahmed, Deputy CMD ABUTH, appeared before the panel.

The Justice Muhammed Lawal-Garba panel also took submissions from the Izala Islamic group and the Gyellesu Community in Zaria.

(NAN)


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  • amazing2012

    They were killed as a result of simple blocking road and now laws were proposed to stamped the excessive attitude of religous and its leadership in Kaduna and some people who are happy to see deaths of innocent people are going against it.

    • tata

      What exactly are you saying? What has Kaduna religious law got to do with an unspeakable official confirmation that a country’s murderous army killed at least 347 of its own citizens at peace time in a single operation?

      Are for or against common-sense?

    • tata

      Corrected:

      What exactly are you saying? What has Kaduna religious law got to do with an unspeakable official confirmation that a country’s murderous army killed at least 347 of its own citizens at peace time in a single operation?

      Are you for or against common-sense?

      • amazing2012

        The problem started as a result or with excuses of blocking road for the army general. If the road was not blocked perhaps there won’t reason to kill these innocent souls ! So the law when out in place will assist in stopping this kind of carnage !!

  • AFRICANER

    Simply unbelievable! And Nigerians are going to stand for this? In 2016?

    • musa aliyu

      Gbam!!!

  • Höly Wähala

    Those responsible for this heinous mass murder must be tried by the ICC at The Hague for crimes against humanity, this staggering number of innocent casulties must not go unpunished. That GOC in Kaduna who gave the shoot-at-sight order must be retired from the Army and prosecuted for human rights violations. Finally, the mass grave must be revisited to assertain the true number of Shiites murdered so ugly Buratai could go visit a useless Emir of Zaria which was not on his official cards. The fact that neither President Buhari, Gen. Buratai or even yeye Emir, have visited the site of vile carnage is proof the mass murders was a premeditated and carefully planned atrocity… how wicked and insensitive. Why were they give “secret burial” if the Army did not commit further abuse on the corpse of the deceased, it was alleged the corpses were burnt before burial. Heartless… made worse by the continued illegal incaceration of Sheikh El-Zakzaky.

    • onyema22ohaka

      It is Buhari. I thought you were jumping up for his coming. Enjoy his arrival!

      • Höly Wähala

        He’s still better than your shoeless clown… Go-siddon!

        • Darlington

          How many unarmed civilians did GEJ murdered? You can’t be contradicting yourself.

          • Höly Wähala

            Dumbo was directly responsible for the 20,000 murdered Nigerians by the Boko Haram while he shared the money meant for arming our soldiers… he is also responsible for the deaths of the parents of the kidnapped Chibok Girls who are still in captivity. GEJ is evil personified, he must go to jail for all his atrocities against the Nigerian peoples… Aschloch!

          • isibor

            It is sad that even in the face of such an evil and earth shaking genocide commited by an ordinary army chief in the 21st century, you still found a way to bring up Jonathan as an issue. When shall we learn to put shallow political allegiance aside and unite to attack the ills and evil that plague us. Burutai has shamed Nigeria. Make no mistake about it he will eventually rot in jail and pay the full price for this senseless and babaric genocide against Nigerians. It is even made worse by the revelation of the Kaduna SSG that among the dead were women and children. Oooh!!!! I weep for Nigeria.

    • Ochon

      Are you sure that elzazaki guy is still alive?

  • Otile

    The situation is becoming hopeless. Instead to addressing the crisis Imam Mohamed Buhari and his ruling cabal concocted a story telling Nigerians that 5 Hausa Fulanis were killed and buried in Abia state. Thank God reasonable people don’t believe their falsehood anymore.

    • AFRICANER

      I’m willing to bet that the 5 and probably all 50 bodies in Abia were transplanted to there from the Zaria massacre. They probably didn’t burn all of them there. The ICC should conduct a DNA test quick!

  • GEJ FOREVER

    HELP ….. BUHARI & FIRST BANK HAS FINISHED ME OOOOO

    For the last three months consecutively … First Bank Nigeria Plc has been charging my PLAIN Savings Account with N105.00 each month described as “admin fee” N100.00 … VAT N5.00

    I went to a Branch of First Bank and reported the illegal charges debited to my Savings Account. To my greatest surprise the front Desk Customer Service Staff in the Branch told me that their Staff Accounts were also being charged and that
    nobody has told them the reason for the charges.

    Some have said that the order for the illegal charges were secretly issued from “above” specifically by Mohammadu Buhari while others claim that the “admin charge” portion is remitted to APC National Headquarters Account while
    the Vat portion is transferred into Buhari’s personal account with First Bank.

    Why is Buhari doing this to me ? … Why is Buhari stealing without shame?

    I did not experience this kind of day light robbery under President Goodluck Jonathan.

    p/s:
    Normally, I had expected that if I save N10,000.00 at the beginning of the month … I should get N10,000.00 plus a little interest at the end of the month … this is my understanding of how Savings Accounts are operated.

    But now with the illegal admin charges ……if I saved N10,000.00 at the beginning of the month … my account balance at the end of the month will be reduced to N9,895.00 after deduction of First Bank monthly admin charges.

    In this case, why should I take my Savings to the Bank?

    What has happened to the CBN Cashless Policy? What has happened to the CBN efforts to mobilize all Naira into the Banking system for a better economy?

  • Gary

    This official admission now makes Governor El-Rufai complicit in this atrocity, along with the Army Commanders involved in the Zaria massacre. President Buhari can save himself from an appointment at The Hague in his future by urgently separating his government from Buratai and the GOC. Hope his family members can reach out to him about the implications of not taking any action.

    • CovertNigerian

      Please explain how the governor is complicit.

      • tata

        I bet you didn’t read this:

        “The state government said the corpses were committed into a single grave (mass burial) at the Mando area jointly supervised by the state government officials and about 40 men of the Nigerian Army…”.

        “…state government officials”

        • CovertNigerian

          Somehow I missed it. Thank you.

      • Gary

        Read the testimony again BY OFFICIALS OF THE KADUNA STATE GOVERNMENT who participated in the disposal of unidentifird victims of the Army massacre in a mass grave. They stupidly said they got a court order to engage in an act to cover a crime against humanity. El-Rufai’s unbridled arrogance has finally caught up with him. He will not be a Governor forever and if indicted, I don’t see how a successor govt. in Nigeria can resist the international pressure to hand over ALL the accused to stand trial at The Hague. They have foolishly provided official testimony with which they will be prosecuted. All due to sectarian bigotry.

        • CovertNigerian

          I’m not sure how I missed that part of the article. Thanks

    • onyema22ohaka

      That shows you how evil buhari’s rule is.It has also happened in Agatu thanks to his fulani tribes men.Did you hear him say a word? It is the gathering storm. The worst is yet to come!

  • Rommel

    Names and photographs must be shown and verified to confirm that the shown individuals are no longer with us before I can believe this story,even in the tribal regions of Afghanistan,has this number of people died at a go?

    • Swagger

      A government says publicly that its officials attended the mass burial, obtained a court warrant for the burial, and that the bodies were those of Shia members, in addition to giving specific details of how the bodies were conveyed(types of vehicles), and you are spewing hogwash. Keep fooling yourself.

      • Rommel

        If what they said is true,why then did they have to set up this panel of inquiry?

        • share Idea

          It is called Nemesis, they are making job of dragging Buhari to ICC easy when the time comes.

        • AFRICANER

          Because the figure is much more, and the actual stuff much more sinister; their admittance is probably just 5% of the truth. So imagine what could be identified with a true independent investigation!

          • Rommel

            On matters of religion,passions and emotions act more than reason so it is possible that these numbers are exaggerated greatly to achieve a certain effect.

          • AFRICANER

            you are dumber than a door knob!

    • Chuks007

      Google “zaria missing 705” or #missing705 for all of that

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      The names, photographs,addresses and details of next of kin are already at the ICC Hague !!

  • Logically speaking

    This is the highest level of inhumanity I have ever heard. 300+ killed put in trucks like dirt and buried like animal carcasses and government is justifying their action, the people are also indifferent about human lives. I don’t support the Shiites but no one should be allowed to kill a fellow human being except he was convicted by a court of law. God help us

    • share Idea

      Where are BRING BACK OUR GIRLS crusaders, there is a new job for you people, please never allow this inhumanity to man to go unnoticed. Nigeria we hail thee

      • Manuel Tobby

        You can take up this one fight since they are busy with the chibok girls issue.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      They actually burnt the bodies to hide away the mass murder.

  • Nigeria4u

    347 illegal killing and burial done in secret, the reason why it was done in secret was because the figures are more than 3400. El Rufai and Buhari are terrorists and dictators, each one of them cup will full one day and they will pay for their evil sins against Nigerians.

    • I did It 4 Love.

      Animals in human skin, tolotolo m u r d e r ers.
      Burutai, Buhari and GOC that gave the last order to kill their fellow Muslims are no better than Sheik Abubakar Shekau the maximum leader of bokoharam.

      Nigeria is a crime scene. Flowing with blood. IPOB MASSOB should now know what will befall them if they continue their agitation.

  • International Observer

    A CASE OF GENOCIDE HAS BEEN FILED AGAINST PRESIDENT BUHARI AT THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT.
    THAT CASE WILL SURELY PROGRESS TO INDICTMENTS AND INTERNATIONAL ARREST BASED ON PRECEDENT.
    NO ONE IS PERMITTED TO ACT UNDER THE COLOUR OF A COMMANDER OF THE ARMY TO KILL 1,000 SHIITES.
    ON THIS POINT NO JUDGE OF THE ICC AND NO COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WILL PLEAD AGAINST BUHARI’S TRIAL.

  • ipse dixit

    Premium Times Editor,

    Genocide by Wole Soyinka’s born again democrat

    There is now a well-founded reason to fear that
    Muhamadu Buhari may spend the rest of his life at the International Criminal Court (ICC)
    at The Hague over this Shiite massacre. The number of those shot dead is staggering.
    No Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court will fail to issue arrest warrants against
    President Buhari and all the military officers found implicated in this forbidden genocide.
    This actually looks like the African equivalent of Pol Pot’s massacre in Cambodia. But in
    the modern world today, the law will never fail to bring this genocidal killing of 1,000 people
    to justice, with life imprisonment, especially that 347 of those killed were simply dumped off
    in mass graves.

    President Buhari should know by now he would be going into the dock
    of a criminal court over this senseless Shiites’ massacre. It takes a barbaric chain of
    command to let loose the volleys of shots that killed1000 citizens of Nigeria in peace time
    inside Nigeria. It is a bizarre affront to human civilization. It is the very opposite of what a
    government anywhere should do. When all is done, Buhari’s case could become the citable
    locus classicus in the laws of genocide; as a classic case of the worst type of sheer barbarity,
    ever committed in post 1945 history by Muhamadu Buhari – whom Professor Wole Soyinka had
    described 8 months ago, fulsomely and falsely, as ‘a born again democrat’

    • newsline

      “The Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, (Nigerian Shiite) has dragged the Nigerian Army to the International
      Criminal Court of justice, ICC, over allegation of genocide. The Spokesman of the IMN, Ibrahim Musa made
      this known at a briefing to mark the 100th day of the clash between the Islamic sect and the Nigeria Army
      in Zaria last year.

      Spokesman of the IMN, Ibrahim Musa said the case was filed on behalf of the IMN by
      the Islamic Human Right Commission, IHRC, Commission based in London.

      He quoted the IHRC as writing the ICC as thus: “The crimes committed between December 12th and 14th, 2015
      in Zaria, Kaduna State, by the Nigerian army amount to crimes against humanity. The crimes committed by the Nigerian army meet all the necessary legal requirements to warrant a preliminary investigation by the ICC prosecutor.”

      ……………March 22, 2016

  • International Observer

    @ipse dixit:

    A CASE OF GENOCIDE HAS BEEN FILED AGAINST PRESIDENT BUHARI AT THE
    INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT. THAT CASE WILL SURELY PROGRESS TO INDICTMENTS AND
    INTERNATIONAL ARREST BASED ON PRECEDENT. NO ONE IS PERMITTED TO ACT UNDER THE
    COLOUR OF A COMMANDER OF THE ARMY TO KILL 1,000 CITIZENS. ON THIS POINT, NO JUDGE
    OF THE ICC AND NO COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WILL PLEAD AGAINST BUHARI’S TRIAL.

    • Adah Ugoh

      ..Excuse me, i don’t understand this thing….it’s not very clear….does it mean that President Buhari….
      will join President Charles Taylor as inmates inside the same prison?….is that what you are saying?…..
      ….it is not fair for ICC to do that….yes, mass killing happened under Buhari just like under Taylor too….
      but it is not right to put two heads of state in one cell….that is not fair….because Charles Taylor was…
      …..sentenced to 25 years in prison….which is like life jail….so if you put Buhari in the same prison….
      to share it with Charles Taylor for his own 25 years…..it means two heads of state inside one cell….
      …i don’t think ICC will do that…where is the privacy there?….Nigeria must insist on separate cell…….

      • U. Uche

        @growthengine:disqus

        NA TRUE O. BUHARI SAID IT. HE SAID DOGS AND BABOONS WILL SOAK IN BLOOD.

        ALL DOGS ARE SOAKING IN BLOOD. THE BABOONS TOO ARE SOAKING RED IN BLOOD.

        ORDINARY NIGERIANS THEN SOAK IN BLOOD TOGETHER WITH ALL DOGS AND BABOONS.

  • growthengine

    The dogs and the baboons have started soaking in blood everywhere in naija since this Buhari came to power but more in the north and middle belt. South just stay out of this sacrifice. Rear your cattle and feed yourselves.

  • lamidi

    So Buhari’s military won’t kill even a single Boko Haram because they are his Sunni brothers. But they massacre 347 Shi’ites that did nothing to him or other Nigerians, just because they are not Sunni. That’s your man that is above corruption. Does any corruption measure up to this kind of wickedness?

    • Iskacountryman

      yes…

  • Iskacountryman

    no virgins for them…

  • Excisionist

    This is Buhari’s “Soft approach” for Boko Haram Sunni Muslims and Fulani herdsmen BUT “hard approach” for Hausa Shiite Muslims, unarmed peaceful pro-Biafra protestors and Nigerian farmers. Buhari’s cup is full. He has crossed the red line. Prison in parts of Europe is like Hotel. Buhari does not deserve it. He should be buried in a mass grave like those innocent Shiite Muslim and peaceful pro-Biafra victims Those who swore to defend this country should take note

  • 9JA IS DYING DEAD UNDER BUHARI

    POLICE OPEN FIRE ON PROTESTING UNIPORT STUDENTS… KILL ONE

    NIGERIA IS ON THE VERGE OF COLLAPSING UNDER THE TYRANNICAL LEADERSHIP OF BUHARI.

    Report by Amadi Promzy Chimene

    – A peaceful protest in Uniport has turned messy as the Nigerian police kill students from orders above.

    Comr. Peter Faculty of Management Sciences President shot dead by the Nigerian police…………

    This government is intolerant! And barbaric. They will kill everyone that oppose them. Well they have more than 60 million more Nigerians to kill.

    RIP Peter. .. We will continue from where you have stopped. Their plan is to scare us; and stop us from occupying the streets on THURSDAY! We will see who is stronger. Let’s Thursday reach!!!!!!!!!!!! Egberi Fa oooooo.

    ‪#‎Still‬ on Jesus is Lord.

  • Excisionist

    In the same mass grave will be Buhari, Danbazua, Buratai (Brutal) Ahmed Joda, Danladi Shinkaffi, any officers who obeyed Buhari’s brutal orders

  • I.K.O

    @growthengine:disqus

    From what people are saying here we must not sit on our hands until America, Britain, France, Italy
    Germany, Poland, Canada, Norway, Spain and Holland start using their planes overhead Nigeria
    to arrest Muhamadu Buhari. We must not allow this matter to get to the stage of Al Bashir of Sudan.
    We must find a way out. Either we hand over Muhamadu Buhari to the International Court ourselves
    and save our country, or, we ask Muhamadu Buhari to go and buy KLM ticket and go to The Hague
    himself. If lawyers are telling us here that there is no escape from arrest of Buhari on these killings,
    what again are we waiting for? Should we not use our sense in advance to decide our best option?
    Is it when they issue warrant that we’ll start thinking? It will be too late to think very well at that time.

  • Akatikpo

    I suspect that EL RUFAI is secretly scheming to nail Buhari because of his 2019 Presidential ambition. This incriminating evidence is from the secretary to his government. That little rascal has been blinded by ambition. Buhari, watch your back! El Rufai is after you. It is unbelievable that such number of unarmed civilians could be murdered in cold blood.

  • Sir Louis

    Did this happen in Nigeria? In 2016, in a democracy? Horrible, unbelievable!

  • Darlington

    From these mindboggling revelations, Buhari, Burutai and El Rufia are blood sucking demons and beasts living in human flesh. ICC is seriously loading.

  • Ms. Anne

    IS IT FROM BUHARI WHO’S SET FOR GENOCIDE TRIAL NIGERIANS EXPECT CHANGE IN THE MEANTIME?

    I AM SO SORRY BUT THE NIGERIANS HAVE NO FORESIGHTEDNESS TO ANTICIPATE THEIR OWN LIVES.

    A COUNTRY FILLED WITH SUCH DULLARDS AS ITS POPULACE CAN NEVER PROGRESS OR GET BETTER.

  • AFRICANER

    If you are a are Nigerian, and let this Buhari and company get away with this, especially writers and journalist, the DON’T ever pretend to the equal of your colleagues in developed countries. Because I can assure you, nowhere else in the world today can an administration, a despot, a tyrant, murder, burn, and bury that number of citizens, and get everybody talking about corruption. The discussion, if any, will be how to get them arrested.

    • Gary

      You have said it all. Nothing else matters more in Nigeria until the punditocracy, the class who sold Buhari to the Nigerian people as a “reformed democrat” now account for the plague of death and misery that they have caused the country. We don’t want to read about China, football, budget padding, Saraki, Dasuki and the overplayed tales of corruption by Jonathan and the PDP.
      An accounting must first be made for the mindless mass murder of fellow Nigerians by a govt. of Sunni fanatics. Over to you, Pius Adesanmi, Sonala Olummense, Okey Ndibe, Rudolf Okonkwo, Olisa Agbakoba, Wole Soyinka and Ogaga. Speak up now just as Femi Falana has found his voice to stand for truth and justice for the Shiites. It is time for people of conscience to set aside friendship and party support to demand an accounting of this crime that now stains Nigeria.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    SAI BUHARI….C-IN-C OF AFRICA’S NO1 GENOCIDAL ARMY

    SAI BURATAI………THE BUTCHER OF ZARIA AND BURIER OF INNOCENT SOULS.

    Buhari has reached yet another milestone ,he is now the president who has killed most of his own citizens in less than a year of assuming office. 347 IS A MODEST ESTIMATE ,ONLY THE SHIITES CAN TELL HOW MANY OF THEIR PEOPLE KILLED.

    Meanwhile the EU,UK,USA,CANADA,AUSTRALIA AND OTHER WESTERN POWERS WHO REGULARLY MEET WITH BUHARI MUST NOT FORGET TO CONGRATULATE HIM ON THIS NEW ACHIEVEMENT WHEN NEXT THEY MEET HIM,THEY MAY ALSO ADD THE NUMBERS OF BIAFRAN AGITATORS KILLED EXTRA-JUDICIALLY TO THAT NUMBER TO MAKE IT MORE BEFITTING.

    SAI BUHARI

    SAI BURATAI……BUTCHER OF ZARIA !!

    • Danjuma

      And the victims of Fulani herdsmen sponsored by Buhari’s administration?

    • Okafor

      He has broken all records.
      Sai Buhari
      Sai Baba

  • musa aliero

    Wow! Am in shock! At the audacity of this adminstration

  • marc umeh

    It is interesting to note that most of those outraged by this genocide are southerners.
    If it doesn’t involve Biafra and their hated ethnic group then it is not worth the hassle.
    That’s the level of depravity and immorality that tribalism has induced on Nigerians. The secretary gave us that figure . I will be surprised if that figure is accurate. It has to be on the low , low side.

    • ABUBAKAR AUWAL

      You are rigt. The problem is most Northern elites were infiltrated by he Saudi sponsored Izala movement which is the precursor of Boko haram. The Izala movement see the shiites as their greatest enemies and they have infiltrated Buhari’s Government and the Kaduna government is run by them. They encouraged and supported this massacre or they are happy it happened. Professsor Dahiru Yahaya described this eloquently in his letter to the commission.

      • Morrison Alele

        PLEASE WHEN WILL THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT ISSUE ITS
        INDICTMENT ON THE KILLINGS OF 1000 PLUS SHIITES MUSLIMS BY SOLDIERS UNDER THE
        COMMAND AND CONTROL OF BUHARI? THE ICC INDICTMENT OF BUHARI AS THE COMMANDER IN
        CHIEF WILL BRING CLARITY TO NIGERIANS.

      • marc umeh

        Izala movement ? I have to look that up.

    • Okafor

      That’s massacre. Other sources say it’s over 1000.

  • Yusuf

    the dent of injustice will live on buhari for the rest of his life. how can you massacre defenseless civilians and call it a clash