Zaria Killings: El-Rufai bans Shi’ites, others from blocking roads; to set up commission of inquiry

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai

The Kaduna State governor, Nasir el-Rufai, says he will set up a judicial commission of inquiry into last weekend’s deadly clash between the Nigerian Army and members of the Shi’ia Islamic Movement, which left more than 60 people dead.

The army said troops used force after members of the group barricaded a road in Zaria and attempted to kill the chief of army, Tukur Buratai.

The exact number of casualties is still unclear, but majority of the victims are believed to be members of the Shi’ia sect.

Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, the sect’s leader, was arrested by the military, after his wife and son were killed in the violence, the group said.

The killings have sparked international condemnation, with calls for a transparent investigation.

In a broadcast Thursday, Mr. El-Rufai announced a ban on processions — in all parts of the state — that could result in roads being barricaded.

He also said a judicial commission of inquiry would be set up by the state government to look into the incident in Zaria.

The governor said the composition and terms of reference of the commission would be announced within two weeks.

He assured the people of the state that the government was committed to securing the state and upholding the rights of every citizen.

“We have witnessed sad events in Zaria,” the governor said. “There have been tragic consequences and needless loss of lives, and we extend our condolences to the families that have been affected.”

“In this sombre moment, the government has directed that steps be taken to address the humanitarian fallouts of the security operations,” he said.

Mr. El-Rufai said, “everyone has a fundamental right to their faiths and beliefs, but no one has any right to practice their faith in ways that diminish, distress or inconvenience others”.

He therefore announced that “henceforth, no person or group, under any guise will be allowed to block any road, obstruct public highways, occupy public facilities or inconvenience citizens in Kaduna State”.

“Anybody that needs to march may do so, but they cannot take over public facilities or disrupt social services and commercial activities in Kaduna State, and any march or procession can be undertaken only with the prior knowledge of, and protection of the police to prevent the breakdown of law and order,” he said.

The commission of inquiry is to be set up under the Tribunals of Inquiry Act. It will examine the immediate and remote causes of the Zaria incident, and assemble a factual and authoritative account that the government can study and act upon, he said.

The governor added that he would not tolerate any escalation of lawlessness, insisting that “the government continues to invest heavily in security as a foundation for the successful execution of our economic and social agenda to develop Kaduna State”.

“We all should jointly say no to actions that divide people, reject conduct that ignores or violates the legal and constitutional rights of others and oppose practices that contest the prerogatives of state institutions to safeguard and protect every citizen,” Mr. El-Rufai said.


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  • mao

    Gbam!!! Nothing to add to this well thought off response. Kudos

    • Otile

      Than you for appreciating my well thought ‘off’ response.

    • Otile

      Thank you for appreciating my well thought ‘off’ response. Mungo da Allah

      • Höly Wähala

        Hahaha… you dey mean even in light of goodwill. Haba!

  • Otile

    El-Rufai or The Ruffian is a damned liar. If the devout Muslims wanted to get rid of aboki Turkey Buratai they would dispatch a well trained suicide bomber to do the job, no sweat.

  • Abd2002

    Ibrahim Zakzaki should be prosecuted/ 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!

  • Abdulazeez Oyibo

    A word is enough for the wise.

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