Military commences inquiry into killing of Shiite Muslims in Zaria — DHQ

Mahmud Ibrahim Zakzaky was killed during the protest.

The Defence Headquarters, DHQ, on Friday said it had commenced inquiry into the shooting incident that occurred in Zaria between soldiers and members of the Shiite Islamic sect.

This is contained in a statement in Abuja by Chris Olukolade, the DHQ’s Director of Defence Information.

Mr. Olukolade said the inquiry became necessary to calm the situation in Zaria after the recent encounter between soldiers who were on routine patrol and members of the sect.

It stated that while not downplaying the significance of such incident, it was also necessary to ensure that sufficient information was obtained beginning from the unit level and other reliable sources at the location.

He said that a preliminary investigation had been conducted to unravel the circumstances surrounding the unfortunate incident.

“An inquiry is subsequently ongoing at the Divisional level.

“Although, the report of the preliminary investigation at the unit level has vehemently contradicted some of the issues raised by the leader of the group.

“In his statement, especially on the allegation of extra judicial killings, the higher headquarters is conducting additional investigation on the incident to ascertain the claims in the preliminary reports from the unit level.

“In spite of the preliminary findings, the importance placed on the respect for human rights in all military operations, activities and interactions, has prompted the additional steps presently being taken to ascertain the true situation.”

He said the higher level of military inquiry is with a view to unmasking the remote and immediate causes of the incident and to identify anyone found culpable.

Mr. Olukolade said that those apprehended during the incident are being interrogated.

“The DHQ deeply commiserates with the families of those that lost their lives in that unfortunate incident, especially the leader of the group who was reported to have lost his sons.

“Indeed, his present disposition is understandable as it is pathetic. I assure that no effort will be spared to ensure necessary justice on this matter.”

The sect was on a procession to mark the annual Quds day in Zaria when soldiers reportedly shot at them, killing over 30 of them, including three sons of the leader of the group, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky.

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  • Socratis

    This is how these killers called soldiers generated sympathy for the REAL BH before the ethnic irredentists, secessionists and militants hijack the brand to unleash terror on the country.

  • Suleiman Alatise

    Unknown soldier, na him kill them, unknown soldier.

  • Garden-City Boy

    This society has been irreversibly desensitized. The violent deaths of citizens no longer gets anybody to wince. Our muslims of the awusa stock would gladly kill his Southern or Christian compatriot to express his displeasure at the death of a Hamas terrorist in their war with the Israelis. It is that bad. It has come to a point when reports of fresh human carnage are mistaken for stale news. At other times, they are assumed to be the normal run of the mill….nothing new. We shrug it off as ‘it can’t be about anything good’.
    It becomes worse when our youths are cut down in their prime and grieving parents are left carrying their dead children in their hands. Again, it is shrugged off as the normal run of the mill…..nothing new. The Zakzaky parents are not the first, neither are they to be the last, to loose loved children. But, at the risk of being branded morbid, I daresay that Mr. Zakzaky now knows first hand how victims of islamic jihadism feel when brutalized in the perennial violence they stoke.
    Our desensitization followed from the state conspiracy to live in denial of the holocaust that saw over 3millon Igbos dead. We find everybody, especially those in the corridors of power, battling relentlessly to erase the memory of the IGBO GENOCIDE from memory. We all want to pretend to ourselves that the IGBO GENOCIDE never happened…..and we must all move on. It is close to 45 years, and the more we grapple with suppressing the gory watershed of our blood-soaked history, the larger the ghostly image of the IGBO GENOCIDE grows. That is how and why this society got inoculated against shock-waves and outrage the death of the Zakzaky’s would cause.
    But that is where the parallel ens. While the law-abiding Igbo victims of awusa rage were hounded in schools, Churches, their home and places of work – never caught in the act of disorderly conduct that threatened public peace, the late Zakzakys led a disorderly horde of riotous mullahs, put together by their father to confront law enforcement agents. You could say they brought it on themselves. How would a responsible parent encourage a religious riot in a situation as tenuous as we have right now? I may also add that these awusa get carried away with this ‘we-are-above-the-law’, sacred cow mentality to the point of compulsive addiction….we can do as we like and get away with it -who is there to question us? After all we lynched 50,000 Igbos, the heavens did not fall (apologies to Ibrahim Babangida). Why must it be different now that the the Caliphate empire is on the surge? These are the problems.
    Until this nation learns to address the Igbo holocaust with the dispassionate seriousness it deserves, nothing good will come Nigeria’s way. Until we frontally determine why 3million compatriots for some ‘unity’ that has proved a desert mirage, and hold someone accountable the carnage will continue. It has never happened in historical memory that a nation slaughtered as many as 3million of its people to forge ‘unity’….never. And after a brutal genocide, we all want to pretend that this is the dream Nigeria for which we wasted 3million innocent lives.

    • Shehu

      MR. IGBO, BUT YOU FORGOT TO TELL US THE PEOPLE THAT STARTED KILLING OF INNOCENT SOULS IN THE NIGERIAN HISTORY. CAN YOU TELL US WHO KILLED THE POLITICAL AND THE MILITARY LEADERS OF THE NORTH AND SOUTH WEST IN 1966? IF YOU ARE SO BIASED TO SAY THE TRUTH, BUT HISTORY IS THERE FOR EVERYBODY TO READ. YOUR PEOPLE ARE THE ONES THAT STARTED SOWING DISCORD AMONGST NIGERIANS. THE 1966 COUP WAS INDEED THE BEGINNING OF OUR PROBLEMS.

      • Garden-City Boy

        You just showed how shallow your knowledge about your Nigeria is. Just as all awusa nuts, you would want to take it from the point that serves the absurd mullah logic; you are saying that the 50,000 civilian victims of awusa barbarity of 1966 all conspired to instigate the coup of 1966. With your argument, all awusas could have as well conspired to unleash Boko Haram on Nigeria and we must then lynch every awusa man we find in the street. Is that what your logic is?
        Anyways, the brutish awusa conduct towards Southerners, particularly the Igbo, did not just start in 1966. Awusas massacred Igbos in 1945 through the 50’s and revved it up to the 1966 crescendo. If you come out here with your awusa logic to say that “the 1966 coup was indeed the beginning of your problem” shows how deeply infected you are with the awusa bug.
        However, your views don’t really count. Many of those Igbos who were orphaned by you awusas are 45 and over. They are still angry, there children are even more angry with you awusas. So you don’t push your luck too far before the CENTRA AFRICAN REPUBLIC experience becomes child’s play. The Garden-City Boy does not need to be Igbo to understand how it feel for 3million of my kinsmen to be murdered by wild, barbaric, awusa ass-cracks.

        • Shehu

          IT’S NOT AS SHALLOW AS YOU THINK, BUT IT’S JUST THE TRUTH YOU DON’T LIKE TO HEAR BECAUSE OF THE HATRED YOU HAVE FOR THE HAUSAS. THE HAUSAS SAY ” IF YOU WANT TO DIG A HOLE, DIG A SMALL ONE BECAUSE YOU MIGHT BE THE ONE TO FALL INSIDE” THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU ( IGBOS). YOU KILLED INNOCENT PEOPLE JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT FROM YOUR TRIBE AND EVENTUALLY FOUND YOURSELVES IN A BIG MESS. YOU WERE THE ENGINEERS OF WHATEVER HAPPENED TO YOU. THOSE THAT ARE STILL ANGRY NEED TO TELL THEIR CHILDREN THE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT EXACTLY LED TO THE WAR INSTEAD OF SOWING HATRED OF OTHER TRIBES IN THEIR MINDS. THEY SHOULD BLAME THEIR KINSMEN THAT STARTED IT ALL. THANKS FOR THE INSULT.

          • Garden-City Boy

            You are absolutely right with that. I hate awusa. I won’t stop hating awusa until you tell me one thing good about that park of wild, barbaric and most vicious specie of creation. Being an awusa dumb ass, you still think the reason for my hate for odious awusa toxic waste is because I am Igbo. How I wish I were.
            You may choose to wish it away, but the attrition taking place in awusa land will continue until you all go extinct. You will be dogged by nemesis until that happens. Should that fail, and you continue to act like intractable hyenas in the wild, the hunter will become the hunted, as we all saw in the C.A.R.

          • Shehu

            SORRY, I CAN SEE YOUR RAGE AND FRUSTRATION. BUT IF THAT IS THE CASE THEN YOU HAVE A LOT TO DO. CARRY ON WITH YOUR HATRED. HATE THE HAUSAS MORE AND MORE SO THAT THEY WILL PROSPER. MEANWHILE, I AM NOT SURPRISED AT YOUR INSULTS AND ABUSES ON THE HAUSAS BECAUSE IT’S CLEAR AND EVIDENT THAT YOU LACK MORAL UPBRINGING. I KNOW WHERE YOU COME FROM. A BABY FACTORY PRODUCT INDEED. HAHAHA!

          • Garden-City Boy

            You still ran away from addressing the question: tell us one thing…just one….to like in barbaric savages called awusa. Look man, I am not alone in this passionate hate for awusa people. Just ask any other non-awusa or Christian how he feels about the awusa toxic waste. I am not kidding. Find out why they all hate awusa people. It has nothing to do with their upbringing or whatever it is you call “baby factory”. Products of “baby factory” should be okay compared to the human scum you spew into the environment and you call them almajiri. Just don’t go there before I open up on you.

          • Shehu

            OPEN UP!!! WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? YOUR HATRED AND FRUSTRATION WILL NEVER DO ANY HARM TO THE HAUSAS BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT THE ONE THAT CREATED THEM. I CAN SEE YOUR DISPLAY OF IGNORANCE THROUGHOUT YOUR COMMENTS. YOU ARE JUST WASTING YOUR TIME ( IF YOU HAVE ANY ). YOU CAN CALL THE HAUSAS WHATEVER YOU LIKE TO CALL THEM. THAT’S YOUR HEADACHE. YOU HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO. THE TOXIC WASTE YOUR PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SPREADING ALL OVER THE COUNTRY IS THERE FOR EVERYBODY TO SEE. HOW CAN YOU COMPARE AN ALMAJIRI WITH A BABY FACTORY PRODUCT WHO IS A REAL TOXIC WASTE THAT INDULGES IN ARMED ROBBERY, HUMAN TRAFFICKING, CULTISM, PROSTITUTION AND ALL SOCIETAL VICES. STAY IN YOUR FRUSTRATION!!!!

  • Jikandalhayola

    The problem with majority and, certainly not all, of the people from Garden-City Boy’s orientation is that no matter how educated they are, they lack decorum and good sense of etiquette. They can abuse anybody that does not come from their tribe. Just go through all the postings made by an average Ibo man and you will see what I mean. They are daily abusing us, calling us all sorts of derogatory names. They cannot argue sensibly and objectively. Could it be a case of bad parental upbringing or a case of being obsessed with the hatred of Hausa-Fulani. It is really a pity and definitely a veritable source for a perpetual disharmony between our two tribes.

    • Garden-City Boy

      You seem more interested in romanticizing with Godforsaken awusa than with telling us one thin good about those bestial creatures for which anybody should like them. You came in again empty-handed.I am not asking you to say 2 things. Give just one. rather than make a good case, your yap-yap-yap is like digging your awusa ass-wipes deeper into the abyss of public odium and hate. Is there anything good going for bloodthirsty, leprous awusa parasites except violence, barbarity, lawlessness, anarchy, jihadism rape, arson, incest, greed, thievery, pedophilia, and you name it. Chew that up to see how much of it you can digest.