Nigeria: Killing of Shi’ites in Zaria must be urgently investigated

The shooting of members of a Shi’ite religious group in Zaria, Kaduna state, by the Nigerian army must be urgently investigated, and anyone found responsible for unlawful killings must be brought to justice, Amnesty International said on Wednesday.

“Whilst the final death toll is unclear, there is no doubt that there has been a substantial loss of life at the hands of the military,” said M.K. Ibrahim, Director of Amnesty International, Nigeria.

“Firearms should only be used as a last resort, if strictly unavoidable in order to protect life. It is crucial that the authorities refrain from using excessive force and ensure that anyone responsible for unlawful killings is brought to justice in fair trials.”

As well as the loss of life, security forces arrested many members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), including the leader of the group, Ibraheem Zakzaky, who was picked up at his residence on Sunday morning and remains in detention. It is unclear if he has access to a lawyer. Reports suggest that the dead and injured were taken to the military hospital and to the university teaching hospital.

Nigerian security forces have a history of carrying out unlawful killings and other human rights violations. In the course of security operations against Boko Haram, Nigerian military forces have committed serious human rights violations, war crimes and crimes against humanity in north east Nigeria.

“An impartial investigation is urgently needed into these killings. Anyone responsible for unlawful killings should be brought to justice. Those in detention must be granted access to medical care as a matter of urgency and either charged with a recognizable criminal offence or released,” said M.K. Ibrahim.


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  • Awarawa

    Going to bed with fire on the roof…

  • mike

    No need to investigate, army did the right thing 100%

    • Scatter

      Don’t know where you hail from from. But is this the kind of legacy passed down to you from your ancestors? Did they do this even when they lived in caves or bush? Please, check out your history and let’s chat again.

  • mike

    Arrest Ibrahim Zakzaki for life.

    • Scatter

      Let’s start with you for advocating injustice. Then you can affirm whether injustice is right or wrong.

      • mike

        That is the absolute justice. Stop the person who start the fire, the fire will never flare up. Be wise. Kill all terrorists.

        • Scatter

          Killing many people, destroying private residence and place of worship, and then arrest the leader of the victims “for life”,as you recommend, is “absolute justice”?

          Lord have mercy on you and show you the light, amen.

          • Abd2002

            Ibrahim Zakzaki should be punished for making a division in the country on the name of a new sect (i would say a complete different religion). Before 1980, no one heard of shia in Nigeria. This criminal brought the Irani ideology to divide the nation specially the muslims. Shia are totally opposite to Sunni’s. Shia curse Abu-bakar, Umar, Usman and all Sahabah. They consider all sahabah as infidals. Shia curse Ayesha (the prophet’s wife) and blame her to make Zina, wal aiazubillah. They say that All Sunni’s should be killed because they don’t believe that Ali is not the first Khalifah of Muslims . See what is going in Iraq, Syria, Lebnon and Yemen. In all these places, shia are fighting sunni’s after their number grown up in these regions. All this happening in the region is because of Iran’s direct support to shia’s in these regions . Shia only want to fight and kill Sunni’s everywhere. Please Nigeria, be aware, otherwise, your whole country will be in trouble as Iraq, Syria and Yemen is in.
            Shia have a believe on Taqiya ( telling a lie when you are in less numbers or you are afraid). This is what Ibrahim Zakzaki used so far and will continue using it until he get in power. Once he will be in power, he will fight all Sunni’s in Nigeria. That is their core believe.
            So, would you like this thing happened in your country? Or would u like to stop it now before it spread like a cancer? Option is yours, but be wise!

          • Abd2002

            Ibrahim Zakzaki is never a Victim, he is a big criminal.