NSCIA probes whereabout of Shi’ite leader, El-Zakzaky

Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky

A committee put in place by Nigeria’s supreme Muslim body over Saturday’s clash between members of the Shi’ia sect and the Nigerian Army, is investigating the whereabout of the group’s leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, after the army said he was no longer in its custody.

Mr. Zakzaky was arrested by soldiers, reportedly with gunshot wounds, on Sunday morning in his house in Gyellesu, Zaria, Kaduna state.

More than 60 members of the group were massacred during the clash with the army.

The group said hundreds, if not over a thousand, of its members were killed.

The army has not given any figure of casualties, but said troops used force after the Shi’ites blocked the convoy of its chief and attempted to kill him.

A seven-man committee, set up by Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, led by the chairman of Muslims in South West Nigeria, Doud Naibi, on Thursday met with the chief of army, Tukur Buratai, in his office in Abuja.

Mr. Buratai told his shocked guests that the army no longer had Mr. El-Zakzaky in its custody.

He said the Shi’ite leader had been handed over to relevant authorities for prosecution.

A member of the committee who declined to be named because he was not permitted to talk to the media on the work of the committee told PREMIUM TIMES that the committee “has now written to the State Security Service and the Nigerian Police to inquire if they have Sheikh Ibrahim Elzakzaky in their custody”.

He said the committee need to see the Shi’ite leader to “know his state of health and get first hand information on what transpired so that an amicable solution on the way forward could be found”.

When contacted, the secretary-general of NSCIA, Is-haq Oloyede, declined to give details of what the committee has done so far.

He simply said, “I am just interested on how we can return peace and ensure everything is back to normal. We can only continue to urge for caution on the part of all parties”.


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  • Arabakpura

    This is a real Tukur; if you want to shoot, shoot! Don’t talk!

  • Dan Arewa

    I hope the poor Zakzaky was not handed to Police. If it happened to be the case, it may be sorry for him and his followers, then Nigerians for I remember what happened to Mohammed Yusuf.

  • Muda Shittu Lawal

    APC is overheating the polity.
    I regret ever voting that party.
    Blood, death, persecution and Poverty all over the land.
    I really regret it. Especially as we were all warned.
    What have we gotten ourselves into??

    • Sunday umah

      You are a real moronic imbeciles so you want the damages of 16 years of looted wealths and destiny of Nigeria to be fix in four month you ought to be thankful to almighty for bringing Buhari if not by now you would have committed suicide in the hands of looting party. I still can’t imagine how many idiots like yourself think Nigeria would have survive with the continuation of the previous government under the present revelations of the uncharitable looting we are hearing about now. By now you would have been eating the flesh of your dead neibours or dead family members you are just one moron thank God for your star Buhari came.

      • nagogo

        God bless you and your entire generation Mr Umah. You spoke my mind.

    • Abdullah Musa

      You are at liberty to regret any action you took in your life.
      But you are misunderstanding the Nigerian situation.
      APC is trying to salvage a wrecked nation, but those who did the wrecking don’t want to face the law.
      You seem to think you could have been better under PDP.
      But from what is being revealed, are you right in your thought?
      Were it your household affair alone, one would counsel the authorities to let you be.
      On our part we don’t regret our choice.
      And we believe we will get to our destination.

      • nagogo

        He can as well go to Inec hq to withdraw his vote, it will not any difference with the total number #Pmb use in beating dundee Jona clueless.

        • Abdullah Musa

          Good morning.

  • ed

    Zoo seems more organized than the present set of Nigerian Leadership operation.
    No one can account for the whereabouts of the arrested leader of Shi’ites?. You’ve got to be kidding.

  • Iskacountryman

    elzaky has been responsible for the death of thousands…its about time he joins them…

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