Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria otherwise known as Shi’ite sect yesterday alleged that authorities of the Nigerian Army buried their members killed in the Zaria incidence over the weekend in unknown mass graves.
The sect alleged that the army authorities evacuated the corpses deposited at the morgue of Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital and buried them in an unknown location.
A statement by the President Media Forum of the Islamic Movement, Ibrahim Musa, and made available to newsmen in Kaduna, kicked against the act saying it is against all known Islamic laws and principles and even the international laws.
The sect also kicked against the Interior Minister, Abdulrahman Danbazau’s order on the Area Commander of Police in Zaria to investigate and report to the presidency, demanding that a high powered investigative panel headed by a high ranking officer including human rights organization should be constituted.
According to the statement, “Early this week the federal government sent a high powered delegation led by the Interior Minister, Gen. Dambazau to see the atrocities committed by the army in Zaria.
“After his visit to the state chief security officer, he visited Sheikh Zakzaky’s residence which was demolished by the army, and Husainiyya Islamic centre. We were told he has mandated the Area Commander of the Police in Zaria to investigate and report to the presidency what happened on Saturday to the members of the Islamic Movement.
“We hereby unequivocally state that we don’t have confidence on the constituted panel headed by the Area Commander for the following reasons: Firstly, the Area Commander of a junior rank compared to the perpetrators of the attack on our members, might not do justice to the issue, as it involves high ranking officers of the rank of Lt. Gen.
“Secondly, when Dambazau visited Zaria, we were not even considered worth visiting nor our members who are languishing at Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital.
“We hereby demand that a high powered investigative panel headed by a high ranking officer should be constituted, whose members should include members of some human rights organisations and other highly respected elders of the country.
“In another development on the crisis in Zaria, the army authorities today evacuated the corpses they deposited at the morgue of Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital and buried them in unknown mass graves.
“We hereby demand the location of the mass burial, and the interrogation of those who ordered the operation,” the statement reads.


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