Zaria Massacre: Human Rights Watch says over 300 killed, buried by soldiers

Shi'ite procession from Kaduna to Zaria

The killing of hundreds of Shia Muslim members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), by Nigerian army soldiers from December 12 to 14, 2015, appears to have been wholly unjustified, Human Rights Watch said today. The Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by the government should be sufficiently independent and impartial to hold those responsible to account.

Human Rights Watch interviewed 16 witnesses to the killings and five others, including local authorities, who said that Nigerian army soldiers fired on Shia Muslim members of the group at three locations in Zaria, in northern Nigeria.

The army said its confrontation with the Shia sect members who had erected a makeshift roadblock near a mosque resulted from an assassination attempt on the army chief of staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, whose convoy was passing by. In an internal military document seen by Human Rights Watch, the army said protesters appeared to be taking up positions near the back of the convoy.

“The Nigerian military’s version of events does not stack up,” said Daniel Bekele, Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “It is almost impossible to see how a roadblock by angry young men could justify the killings of hundreds of people. At best it was a brutal overreaction and at worst it was a planned attack on the minority Shia group.”

The army carried out attacks at the Hussainniya Baqiyyatullah mosque and religious center, at the home of the Shiite leader, Sheikh Ibrahim Al Zakzaky, in the Gyellesu neighborhood and at the sect’s burial ground, Daral-Rahma, over the course of two days.

At least 300 Shia sect members, and likely many more, were killed and hundreds more injured, according to witnesses in at least two of the sites and a hospital source.

Soldiers quickly buried the bodies in mass graves without family members’ permission, making it difficult to determine an accurate death toll.

Although some people threw stones and had sticks, there has been no credible information that any soldiers were injured or killed.

The Islamic Movement of Nigeria is a Shia sect with close ties to Iran based in Zaria, Kaduna s‎ate.
It began in the 1980s and is led by Sheik Zakzaky, who was inspired by Iran’s revolutionary movement when he traveled there. The sect has an estimated 3 million followers spread across Nigeria.

It is separate from Boko Haram, a radical Islamic group also operating in northern Nigeria, whose members have attacked Shia and others.

Under international human rights law governing the use of force during policing operations such as this, the intentional use of lethal force is only permitted when strictly unavoidable, to protect life.

On December 17, 2015, the Kaduna state governor, Nasir El Rufai, announced the establishment of a state Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the incident. In his news conference, the governor listed a range of grievances against the Shia sect, including how road traffic had been disrupted during Shiite processions and the sect’s disregard for Nigerian government authorities.

President Muhammadu Buhari has yet to make any public statement on the killings. On December 18, a presidential spokesperson said that the incident was “a military affair.”

Principle 22 of the United Nations Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials, applicable to the Nigerian armed forces in this situation, stipulates that, “Governments and law enforcement agencies shall ensure that an effective review process is available and that independent administrative or prosecutorial authorities are in a position to exercise jurisdiction in appropriate circumstances.” Under the same principles, Nigerian authorities are bound to ensure effective investigations.

“Characterizing this terrible carnage against Shiites in Zaria as ‘a military affair’ is shocking,” Bekele said. “President Buhari should ensure the military’s appalling track record of serious human rights abuses is halted and does not continue under his term in office.”

The Events at Zaria

Witnesses who were at the Hussainniyah mosque and religious center said that dozens of soldiers took up position at the mosque at around midday on December 12, 2015, at least an hour before the army chief of staff was due to pass by. Video footage shot by sect members and posted on YouTube appears to show soldiers calmly taking up positions around the mosque before the shootings began.

Multiple witnesses interviewed separately by Human Rights Watch at different locations in Kaduna and Zaria, on December 17 and 18, said that without any provocation, the soldiers fired on people coming out of the mosque, initially killing an estimated five people and injuring others, including children attending classes at the center.

A 14-year-old girl attending a math class told Human Rights Watch on December 18 that she was shot as she walked out of the center with other children.

Faced by angry IMN members protesting the shooting, the soldiers at the mosque retreated out of sight. The group members erected a barricade of stones, blocking the road to stop the soldiers from approaching the mosque again.

Shortly thereafter, at about 2:30 p.m., a convoy with the army chief of staff was halted at the barricade. A video of the December 12 events on Sokoto Road, near the Hussainniyah mosque, was released by the military on December 16. It shows men in military uniform attempting to talk to scores of angry young men, some holding stones, sticks and, in one case, a machete. The video does not show what happened next, only the convoy driving through a cleared road.

Later that day (December 12), the military spokesperson said, “The Shiite Sect on the orders of their leader, Ibrahim Alzak-zaky today [this] afternoon in Zaria attacked the convoy of the chief of army staff….The barricade was obviously a deliberate attempt to assassinate the chief of army staff and members of his entourage.” The military video shows no attempts by sect members to attack the army chief of staff nor how the road was cleared.

A sect member who was at the barricade said the young men “tried to explain why we were concerned that they seemed to be focusing on us. But before long they just started shooting their way through the barricade.” Witnesses described soldiers opening fire on the crowd, which included women and children. Some of the soldiers did not leave with the convoy but continued to fire, including into the mosque, where hundreds sought refuge for the next 30 hours.

At around 10 p.m., soldiers also advanced to Gyellesu neighborhood, about 10 kilometers from the mosque, toward Zakzazy’s house. Fearing Zakzazy might be arrested or killed, hundreds of sect members gathered at his house to protect him. Witnesses said soldiers fired at random on the large crowd of men, women, and children, some of whom were throwing stones and carrying sticks. The firing continued throughout the night, intensifying in the early morning until Zakzazy and his wife, Zeenatu, were arrested on December 14. Witnesses said that both had multiple gunshot wounds. Both remain in custody.

Soldiers also deployed to Daral-Rahma cemetery, an important Shiite religious location with a number of Shia shrines, 12 kilometers from Zaria.

On December 14, in a news conference after the events, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, responsible for the 1 Mechanized Army Division in Kaduna, said he had deployed more troops to the three sites after receiving information that IMN members were mobilizing there. He said he gave instruction “to secure the three sites and bring the sect leader into custody.” He said his forces “came under attack and the resulting confrontation led to casualties on both sides.” He did not provide any figures or further information about government casualties. He claimed that Zakzaky and his wife were taken into “protective custody.” The chief of army staff said on December 17 that that the military handed the couple over to appropriate authoritiesfor prosecution. He did not say for what offence they would be charged.

Witnesses told Human Rights Watch that the military detained hundreds of IMN members, many of whom were later transferred to police custody. The police released 191 sect members between December 15 and 18, including 61 non-Shia Almajiri boys – Koranic school pupils – and women with babies and small children. The police also released 46 others who had been transferred to the police headquarters in Kaduna. Many of sect members who spoke to Human Rights Watch said they had been detained with serious gunshot wounds and other injuries and that they received little or no medical treatment.

The 14-year-old girl who was shot said that soldiers picked her up, put her in a military vehicle, and took her to a nearby military base where she was given basic medical treatment to stop the bleeding. Soldiers took her to the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital the next day, December 13, with 16 other wounded Shiite detainees. The injured said they were transported in the same military truck with at least 100 corpses from the shootings, which were deposited in the hospital morgue.

Lists compiled by sect members from the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital records show that between December 13 and 15, soldiers deposited more than 300 bodies at the hospital’s four morgues. When soldiers attempted to bring another truckload of bodies on December 16, they were turned back due to lack of space, a hospital staff told Human Rights Watch. Later the same day, soldiers returned to collect all the bodies, hospital staff said. Sect members told Human Rights Watch that according to information from their members and from photographs they had seen, the corpses were buried in mass graves in three locations in Kaduna state: along Kaduna to Birnnin Gwari road, near Udawa village, and along the Ikara road.

Witness Accounts

A 46-year-old woman who was visiting relatives in a house close to Zakzaky’s house in Gyellesu told Human Rights Watch that she was awakened by the sounds of gunshot on December 12:

I heard shots. I ran over to Sheikh’s house to find out what was happening. That’s when I saw so many people on the street. There were soldiers at the end of the road. They were shooting. The bullets were just flying everywhere, hitting and killing many people. I saw two children who looked like they could be aged 7 and 12 writhing in pain on the ground. They were bleeding.

Just then I saw one of my five sons. They had gone to Hussainniyah [mosque] that morning. So I asked him to help me move the older one whose injury was worse into a house. When we came back to pick the second child, the soldiers had noticed him. We ran away as they shot him point blank in the head. He was only a child. I fell as a wall caved in on me when the soldiers threw a bomb toward the house.

That was the last I saw of my son or any of his brothers till today. What really is our offense? Why do they hate us so much? I don’t know how I survived. It was at the hospital they found out I had 12 bits of shrapnel lodged in my back.

A 30-year-old man who was at Hussainniyah mosque and religious centre:

I was at the center as early as 9 a.m. on Saturday. At about noon we heard some noise. When we came out we noticed about 60 soldiers in front and at the back of the center. We became jittery. Some of my Muslim brothers went to ask them why they were there. They said it’s because the COAS was going to pass and they did not trust us. We told wewere not comfortable with their presence. We decided to set up a barricade so that if they start to shoot it would take time before they get to us.

By around 2:30 p.m. when a long military convoy came we tried to explain why we were concerned that they seemed focused on us. Before long they just started shooting their way through the barricade. Up to 50 of us including women and children were killed. The rest of us fled in different directions.

I hid in a gutter for a long time. Then I noticed at around 10 p.m. that more soldiers came. They took positions around Hussainniyah. Not long after I got a call that the same thing was happening at Gyellesu. So I crawled my way out of the area and ran to the Sheikh’s house to help protect him.

Around 2 a.m. those still stuck at Hussainniyah called to say the soldiers were announcing that everyone should come out of the center. When they did not respond, soldiers started throwing grenades into the building. We could hear the explosions over the phone. There were more than 500 people in that place. We lost count of the numbers after they told us of the 175th death. After that we could no longer reach anyone there. I believe there are still some hiding around the place afraid and injured.

A 15-year-old boy who was stuck inside Hussainniyah mosque:

We could not come out because the soldiers were still outside. We waited for them to leave so we can go home. But we soon noticed they became more. They came with tanks (armored personnel carriers) and were just shooting and shooting. Many of us got shot. Some died fast and some slowly. It was terrible. So when the soldiers shouted on loudspeakers that we should come out I went with some women and other children.

I was already wounded in the leg. I didn’t want to die. They tied our hands at back. With rope. Only us men and boys. Then they took us in trucks to their barracks and put all of us in one room. There were up to 50 of us in the room. The soldiers did not ask us anything but some of them will come and kick us with their boots and say “Look at you. What did your teacher give you to make you behave like this?” Then they will hit us some more. They did not touch the women and young children. Only us men and boys even though many of us were seriously injured.

We were there from that Sunday morning until Tuesday [December xx] when they brought us to the hospital. They did not give us any food. Not even water. But later they said those who had money should bring it. They used it to buy pure water for them.

A 24-year-old man described the attack on Sheikh Zakzaky’s house:

We were expecting trouble but not from soldiers. The day before, four of our members were killed in Gabai by local vigilantes…Gabai is about 10 kilometers from Zaria. So we were surprised to hear that soldiers were attacking Hussainniyah. The Sheikh decided we should go and pray at Daral-Rahma [cemetery]. But the Sheikh’s wife became jittery because she had heard on the news that soldiers said we wanted to kill the army boss. Someone had helped the Sheikh’s young children escape from Hussainniyah. So when they brought them to meet us at Daral-Rahma, we decided to go home.

We met a large crowd when we got to the house. They said they heard soldiers were coming toward the Sheikh’s house. It was not until about 10 p.m. that the soldiers started shooting. We put up our own barricade to stop the soldiers from coming close. We were throwing stones at them because that was all we had to protect ourselves.

The shooting continued until 1a.m. on Sunday December 13. Then everything was quiet. Suddenly we heard a loud boom. The people in Hussainniya called to say bombs had been thrown into the center. We could hear the explosions continued until 5 a.m. when no voices came up on the phone again.

The soldiers reinforced and stormed the Sheikh’s house at 9 a.m. We tried to stand our ground but they killed many of us, including my female friend, until they got into the house at 11 a.m. I saw at least 30 soldiers including one on a tank. I got shot and was in so much pain I could no longer stay. I went to the makeshift clinic members set up during the night to treat the injured. It was just three houses away. I was horrified at what I saw there. All the injured people we took there all night, the doctor and the two nurses helping him had been shot. I think they would have been more than 50 of them there. I ran when I got the chance.

The Islamic Movement of Nigeria

Sheik Zakzaky is a key figure in the growth of Islamic movements in Nigeria. In 1978, while a student at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, he was a prominent leader of Nigeria’s Muslim Students Society, or the Muslim Brothers. In 1979, he became the national vice-president of the group. After traveling to Iran in 1980, he became a proponent of Shia Islam.

As his influence grew, there were frequent clashes between his group and some Sunni sects, in part because they resisted Shia use of mosques for prayer and other activities in northern Nigeria cities of Kano, Katsina, and Sokoto, among other towns. Nigerian security forces destroyed the IMN headquarters in Sokoto in July 2007, after clashes between Sunni and Shia groups following the shooting of a popular Sunni cleric.

Although Zakzaky’s supporters claim he does not advocate or encourage violence, he has been involved in several previous clashes with security forces. In the mid-1980s to late 1990s, he was detained many times by successive military regimes for his anti-government rhetoric and for advocating an Iran-style Islamic revolutionary government in Nigeria. In a deadly September 2009 clash with police in Zaria, Zakzaky accused the government of intimidation and attempting to wipe out his movement. In July 2014, three of Zakzaky’s sons were killed, along with 32 other sect members, in a clash with soldiers during a religious procession in Zaria.

Some residents in Zaria and in other locations are openly hostile to Shia sect members. A video posted on YouTube after the December 12, 2015 events appears to show people snatching valuables from corpses of slain sect members. Some witnesses told Human Rights Watch that the Sheik’s neighbors took advantage of the military raid to also attack Shia with clubs, knifes, and machetes, injuring a number of them.

During the December 17 news conference to announce a judicial inquiry, the Kaduna state governor said that Zakzaky’s sect has been involved in disputes over the use of mosques constructed by other Muslims. Officials also complained of the inconvenience caused to travelers and other road users during Shiite processions, the violation of government building regulations in the construction of the Hussainniyah mosque, and what they said was the group’s disregard for Nigerian government authorities. The governor said that Zakzaky’s movement operated as a “state within a state.”

Clashes with Boko Haram

Zakzaky; Muhammed Yusuf, the founder of Boko Haram; and Yusuf’s deputies, such as Abubakar Shekau, were all members of the Muslim Brotherhood, which was inspired by the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, in the late 1990s. Zakzaky’s Shia beliefs led to a rift within the group. Yusuf left with his deputies to form the Nigerian Taliban in 2002, which later became the extremist Islamic group popularly called Boko Haram. Zakzaky openly preached against Boko Haram’s radical vision of Islam, leading to considerable animosity between the two groups. Boko Haram has targeted and killed Shia, along with other civilians. Human Rights Watch has documented an estimated 9,500 civilian deaths since the beginning of the violent Boko Haram attacks in 2009.

In May 2012, Muhammad Ali, a former close companion of Muhammed Yusuf who had become a Shia leader, was shot and killed at his home in Kano, by gunmen believed to be members of Boko Haram, media reports said. On November 27, 2015, a suicide bomb attack on a Shia procession in Kano killed 22 people. Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the attack, threatening to “wipe out” the Shia.


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  • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

    Sadly Nigerians with the aid of the USA, did reward this dangerous, insensitive, dishonest, mean, cruel, partial, egoistic, religious, fundamentalist, conscienceless human being like MOHAMMADU BUHARI with the presidency of Nigeria with his kind of track record on Human Right abuses. So why do we still wonder why Nigeria has not and will not make it to the promised land under Buhari?He is an oligarch who does not believe in equality before the law. The way he jailed Lateef Jakande, Jim Nwobodo, Ambrose Ali, Pa Adekunle Ajasin, Chief Ayo Ojewumi-now on Kanu of IPB, ati Dasuki from whom he stole-over 800m. Now trying to build up cases against them that has no foundation in law! Yesterday Buhari allowed Awwal Ibrahim, the then Niger State governor, who was arrested in Heathrow Airport in London with 14 million pounds sterling and several millions of Naira and dollars to be freed’ He also freed Shehu Kangiwa, Sokoto State Governor who conducted and supervised the famous Bakolori Massacre of poor peasant farmers, the same way Buhari encouraged the army to murder Shiite Muslims. In Bakolori whose land were appropriated without compensation to remain under house arrest-While governors from the south-South are being chased by Buhari from pillar to post-on behalf of the moaning mourners in APC-what a country–what a shame——When u have a ruler armed with Luciferifc ideas the people moan and mourn daily in their dingy enclaves–

    • MagicMan

      @Oil, please remind who was president in 2014 when 35 Shiites, among them three of Zakzaky’s children, were killed by soldiers?

      Cat

    • Ashibogu

      Correction! Shehu Kangiwa died on November 17, 1981 while playing Polo in Kaduna. He was buried on November 18, 1981.His Deputy, Dr. Garba Nadama was sworn in thereafter in his stead. He was theGovernor until the military Coup of Decembber 31, 1983 having been elected and sworn in for a second term in 1983.

  • Labarans

    The worst atrocious atrocity ever committed on innocent citizens within 24 hours. . So sad and I am frightened beyond my marrow. No where is safe. Mass human killed like rats without any remorse, apology or condolence from government to the victims and their families

  • Holyman

    PREMIUM TIMES EXPOSED IN BIG SHAME!!!

    I know it. I have been saying it. Nobody wants to believe me. Now the truth is coming out.
    I told you people before. Premium Times is owned by the SHIIA JIHADISTS. Now you can see it.
    We are all preparing to celebrate our Christmas in just a few hours. We are buying groundnut oil to fry our chicken.
    We are buying ingredients too. We always want to garnish our chicken very well. We are in good mood and looking forward. From nowhere, SHIIA JIHADISTS IN PREMIUM TIMES who wear HIJAB in their newsroom just came to spoil everything like this. Are we supposed to be talking about mass killing at this time? Answer me?

    Even if President Buhari has done mass killing,
    should Premium Times bring it out at Yuletide? That is the issue. Premium Times is just determined to
    make sure that we Christians will not celebrate Christmas. But Premium Times will not succeed in this evil plan.
    We must celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. No weapon the JIHADIST JOURNALISTS of Premium Times
    fashions against Christians shall prosper. We shall always stand on the cross of the Calvary. We refuse to shake.

    We will not discuss Jihad at Christmas season. To show bias in this thing, see the Premium Times report.
    Did Premium Times go to Aso Rock to ask President Buhari about this mass killing? Does Premium Times
    read at at all? Do they know if it is an economic program to reduce Nigeria’s population to manageable size?
    They don’t know if President Buhari and the Army are only doing population control, they just rush to publish.

    • Bob

      You are so dumb

    • Dude

      You’re not a Holyman by any standard!

    • egoigwe

      You want to celebrate the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ and yet you belittle the killing of other worshipers in their place of worship as they too reflect and celebrate the times and death of their own religious deity??? You are buying groundnut oil to fry chicken and cook jollof rice whereas you rejoice at the death of our Northern brothers and sisters who have been killed and deprived the joys of such celebration??? What’s sauce for the gander ought to be sauce for the goose.

    • ezedi

      Wow full scale insanity has befallen you my brethren! Seek help ASAP abeg.

  • Genocide Watch Africa

    Editor Premium Times,

    Let the International Criminal Court flag this orgy of violence in Nigeria and declare it as genocide in international law
    so as to prevent a repeat occurrence of such bloodiness in Nigeria. The implication is that indictments will be issued
    against President Muhammadu Buhari and the Army battalion Commanders, and including the Army Chief who was
    present at the crime scene and implicitly authorized this genocide in violation of the laws of nations. Without bringing
    this genocide to justice, Nigeria nay Africa, will never value human life. It is a direct violation of the peremptory law to
    target and kill people on the basis of religion. A convention existing since 1948 prohibits what happened in Kaduna.
    Resolution 260 of the U.N 1948 Convention states as follows:

    • “In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with
    intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or
    religious group, as such:

    (a) Killing members of the group;
    (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm
    to members of the group;
    (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group
    conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole
    or in part;
    (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent
    births within the group;
    (e) Forcibly transferring children of the
    group to another group.”

  • True Nigerian

    Simply a Nigeria to be ashamed of, a horrible country. Nigeria is still in the gutter.

    All of these happened in Nigeria in a space of 2 days. Yet, more than one week later, we are being told the full story by a foreign organisation, despite the fact we have a government, press and several NGOs.

    On the other hand, Buhari has wasted a massive opportunity to show true compassionate and competent leadership on human rights protection, rule of law and national security. President Buhari maintains a noisy taciturn silence after scores (hundreds) of innocent Nigerians were murdered by their own soldiers – the same disgusting silence that Jonathan often maintained whilst boko haram was killing Nigerians.

    The only options left for Buhari now in order to redeem his image on this matter are that he must sack General Buratai and immediately fish out the military animals (criminals) who perpetrated this mindless murder. They should all face death sentences. Nothing else will be just and fair enough.

  • e_orpheus

    A sad fallout of the pervasive lawlessness in Nigeria.

    You barricade a public highway, place the lives of our soldiers at risk (risking your own lives in the process), challenge the authority of the armed forces of Nigeria, advance with sticks stones and machetes, ‘protect’ your sect leader for fear of his arrest or being killed advancing with stones and machetes (again putting yourselves in the line of fire), and you expect the army to ‘pullback’? Perhaps the NSCDC or Police would have been more restrained, but that is not the nature of training of the army.

    Let the investigations be conducted and if there were clear abuses by identified soldiers, they will bear the responsibility of their excesses. At the same time let all be warned that remote and imminent threats against the authority and security of the Nigerian state will be firmly and decisively dealt with.

  • dandee

    Now i believe the Zakzaky group. They said over 1,000 Shiites in their group were killed.

  • Ahmed

    I still find it hard to believe that Premium Times is owned by this group of lawless fundermentalists. I have ran into this dangerous sect processions a number of times so I know how they intimidate other citizens and spread fear. This jihadists must be made to sign up to a code of conduct before they can engage in further public activities. Shame on you Premium Times for all the partisan roles you have played in this.

    • Frank Bassey

      Dont mind PT. They are fanatics with cosmetic outlook. Tell me, why is the deaths in the Shit enclave more important than the deaths of peaceful protesters that PT never reported? Nigeria is a big fraud. We are not a country. Everything is based on sectional interest not national interest because we are not a nation. The same PT that reported Boko haram’s bombings with vigour months ago, no longer does so because their Islamic candidate is there. Even the purported used of chemical weapons to kill 150 Nigerian soldiers has been suppressed. No more stories on it, BUT we still have the pictures of several of the dead 150 Nigerian soldiers on the internet. Thanks to technology…and it is clear from their blackened faces that they died from gassing and not bullet wounds. Until we have courage to dismember this country things will continue to go bad. Just imagine!…Imagine, out of 200million people, the best you can get is a WAEC failure. Where then is the motivation to study and be educated?

  • Supo Martins

    Nigerians call organized stealing their “NASCENT DEMOCRACY”. Nigerians
    cannot be intelligent people by so doing. Terminological inexactitude is
    illustrative of daftness. Since his organised stealing stealing started in 1999
    over 10.5 billion dollars have been stolen, according to the figure of loot
    officially announced by President Buhari. Yet, naïve Nigerians think they are
    in a democracy, even as the evidence before their eyes contradict their silly
    misbelief. Mass killings do not occur in a democracy either. Also, mass
    killings and democracy never go together.

    • 666oslo

      HISTORY HAS NEVER RECORDED NIGERIAN TRIBES AND PEOPLES AS INTELLIGENT.
      THEY MAY GO TO SCHOOL; OR LEARN A TRADE, OR EVEN BECOME PROFESSORS,
      BUT IN ESSENTIAL DNA NIGERIANS ARE MORE RENOWNED AS THIEVES THAN BRIGHT.

  • So oju abe niko

    Kudos to the PT for this detailed report, especially the last part on the origin of the Nigerian Shia movement and BH.

  • Badero Oluwasanmi

    @Genocidal Watch:

    Thank you very much for your comment below. You have put this matter in its proper context.
    Premium Times has acted in the best tradition of journalism to bring this matter to the fore.
    Kudos to the Editors and reporters of Premium Times for their good sense of responsibility.
    It is sad that President Buhari is looking at a criminal indictment at the International Court.
    He has only spent six months in office but has now acquired a criminal shadow already.
    International law cannot be negotiated or overlooked in the modern world of 2015.
    Buhari should prepare his best legal defence in his best interest, lest he be jailed.

  • SamPsalm

    This is bullshit report. Have never seen a more one-sided report ever. Imagine quoting ‘eye-witnesses’ all of whom are members of the Shiite: active members! What was this so-called Human Rights kini expecting to get? Objectivity or truth from a movement that has lying to every other person as one of its cardinal tenets? We know, it is now fashionable and lucrative and a key part of the insidious and devious objectives of the majority of the so-called human rights community to advance Islam by any means necessary through the smearing of any attempt to stand up to its naturally occuring full manifestation in destruction.

    Pray, how many times have we seen this Human Rights Watch do any serious when Christians are killed and churches burnt up north, when other muslims are killed by radicalized element, when human rights of ordinary citizens are brazenly suppressed for years by this Shiite shit-heads. Iran is now the bride of the liberal radicalized ‘human rights’ ideologues pumping millions in slush funds to the ‘advocates’. Anybody who takes these people seriously – same way we all took Amnesty seriously till our nation were nearly over-ran by the animals of Boko Haram – anyone who takes them serious is not serious. Our Armed Forces should know that Nigerians are behind them. They should go ahead and square up to these animals high on diabolical mantra mistermed religion

    • egoigwe

      Which Nigerians are behind them??? Please speak for yourself.

      • SamPsalm

        Are you a Nigerian? You are a stateless Biafran riding and parasiting off Nigeria. Shameless people

        • egoigwe

          I do not address myself to a demented, wiggly spirogyra buried beneath a lake of slimy algae. A comatose jelly fish does not stand to put on pants, much more speak for Nigerians. Now, float away to your slimy enclave, you tick-infested vermin.

    • ezedi

      Lol the report is bullshit? But ur assessment is correct from the comfort of ur home in front of ur computer! Yea we will take ur word over that of those who where possibly in the line of fire! Rationality has gone out the window in this country. Go ahead accuse me of being a senseless Biafran.

  • Andrè Domingoes

    Premium Times should break things down for the general audience by pointing out potential consequences.
    Once Human Rights Watch got involved the intellectuals in Premium Times know and should say the effect.
    For the avoidance of doubt, the direct effect of Human Rights Watch’s involvement is America’s involvement.
    Human Rights Watch will report to U.S Congress which will usually pass it on to Foreign Relations Committee.
    From then on it will go to President Obama who will direct U.S State Department to take quick, remedial action.
    In that scenario of President Buhari coming under criminal cloud, U.S government will give Buhari a wide berth.

    • qcnoble

      Could someone please tell the empty-headed Nasir El Rufai

      that his attempt to cover up a genocide for President Buhari

      by using a Kaduna State Commission of Inquiry as the ruse,

      is too daft to deserve comment by jurists and jurisprudents.

      • musa aliyu

        Go to hell, where you belong

    • bigbang

      I am not losing any sleep.

  • _PREDICTIONS _For_2016

    1… Workers Strike: There will be so much industrial unrest, especially in the first quarter of the year.
    2… Subsidy: There will be removal of fuel subsidy and petrol (PMS) will sell over and above N100/litre, leaving the masses in more serious hardship. Product will not be available and long queue in petrol stations will persist throughout the first quarter of 2016 and beyond.

    3… Electricity: Power generation will drop to the lowest ebb. Still, Federal Government will increase tariff in 2016.
    4… Unemployment: Millions of jobs will be lost in 2016 as against the three million jobs promised by the APC yearly. Most States and Federal Government will retrench workers as evident in the over 2,000 Federal University workers already sacked.

    5… Economic Policy: Most private owned middle-class businesses will fold up because of bad economic policies of the Buhari-led government.
    6… Devaluation: The Naira will continue to have a free fall which will take it to as low as N320 to one Dollar.
    7… Economy: The Buhari-led FG will have no solution to country’s economic problems.
    8… Security: Boko Haram will keep spreading and the Shiite Muslims will get more emboldened.
    9… Human Rights: Penchant for dictatorship will rise with rampant human rights abuses and disobedience to court orders.
    10… Anti-Corruption: Insincerity in the fight against corruption will continue and the fight will not only be selective and political, but targeted more at Southerners.

    11… Elections: Attempt to forcefully control any of the South South States of Akwa Ibom, Rivers and Bayelsa by the APC will lead to unprecedented deaths.

    12… Economy: Crude oil price will fall to below and about $30 per barrel.

    – ———————–Ayo Fayose

    • egoigwe

      I will not call the above predictions far-fetched by any measure, I see them as being very realistic.

  • Otile

    Where are the hopeless Suni creeps who pretend to be Christians? I mean where are Abubakar tundemash, Ungulu Guguru, Julius, Maria, Spoken word. Let them come out and defend this massacre. The traitors will quickly change sides when Buhari and his assassination squad are being dragged to the Hague in chains.

    • musa aliyu

      Becausae your. Grandfathers, the Shiites were massacred?

  • Carol Ajie

    HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH SAYS BUHARI’S MEN IN BRUTAL MASSACRE

  • musa aliyu

    This human rights dey tire person. They came to their conclusion that 300 were killed from ininformation they got from shiites who are known to be liars. Where were the human rights when Shiites claimed that over 1000 were killed? Now it’s 300 . So the body doesn’t know how to gather data as they didn’t interview any observer in Zaria. And they want us to believe their nonsense. The Shiites can go to any length defending their cock and bull story by bribing the human rights, which they stand suspect in this instance. Where are the graves that the massacred Shiites were buried? Mtchewww

  • MC

    And President Buhari keeps mum! A presidential spokesperson calls it a ‘military affair’. How!? The President’s body language is clearly indicative of his support for this fiendish carnage of a non violent sect. Is it because he is Sunni Muslim? Is there a secret deal struck between him and Bokoharam – “wipe out the Shiites and we will surrender” – since Bokoharam is an arch enemy of the shiites?

  • bigbang

    I still remember the killings just after the 2011 elections. I don’t trust the Shiites or Amnesty International. I will wait for the conclusion of the investigations. First it was 1000, now 300.

  • Man_Enough

    This is a one sided investigation. A witnesses are the shaites. What of neutral persons and the army?

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Stop defending extra-judicial state sponsored mass-murder