Commission of Inquiry inspects scenes of Shiite/Military clash in Zaria

Shittes protesting

The Judicial Commission of Inquiry on Shiite/Military clash established by the Kaduna State Government, on Tuesday visited various scenes of the clash in Zaria.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that members of the commission were led by the chairman, Justice Mohammed Lawal-Garba.

They visited Ban Zazzau, where mother of Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky was buried, the Shiites shrine in Dambo village, and Elzakzaky’s residence in Gyallesu.

The team also inspected Hussainiya, the Shiite main shrine located on Sokoto road, Zaria, where the sect members had allegedly blocked the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff on Dec. 12, 2015.

The action had triggered the clashes, with the Army claiming in a statement that the sect members had attempted to assassinate the Army chief, Tukur Buratai.

Subsequent events had led to the death and arrest of the sect members, with some of them already in court on various charges including culpable homicide.

The sect had since denied instigating the crises, and demanded the release of their leader and other members in government custody.

The sitting of the commission had been boycotted by the Shiite members on the orders of Mr. El-Zakzaky.

NAN reports that the commission’s chairman declined comment on the visit.

The commission would, however, continue its sitting on Wednesday, April 27, when some Army officers involved in the clash are expected to testify.


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