Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN otherwise known as the Shi’ites group has blamed what it termed as ‘massacre’ of its members lastDecember 12th – 14th in Zaria on President Muhammadu Buhari.
The group alleged that, not only was President Buhari briefed ahead of the killings of its members, the President sanctioned and ordered it.
Speaking while addressing a press conference in Kaduna on yesterday, Chairman Free Zakzaky Campaign Committee, Abdurrahman Abubakar Yola said, it is rejecting in its totality the report of Justice Mohammed Lawal Garba led Judicial Commission of Inquiry, which probed the December 12-14 clash between Shi’ites and members of the Nigerian Army.
Yola said it is rejecting the report of the commission on the ground that, the government which set up the commission had already made up its mind that IMN was guilty, while the panel equally allegedly ensured that the leader of the movement, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky did not a hearing.
According to Yola, “While the Kaduna State Government claimed that the Judicial Commission of Inquiry will be fact finding and determine the immediate and remote causes of the incident, it had already made up its mind that the Islamic Movement in Nigeria is guilty and charged over 400 of our members to Court.
“it seems fairly obvious that the Judicial Commission of Inquiry (JCI) was a typical commission with a pre-determined mandate and report. Consequently, we reject the report and its recommendations.
“The charges against our members are still going on in 5 different High Courts in Kaduna State and all of them have been denied bail on grounds that over 250 of them allegedly killed one soldier and no single security or military officer is facing trial for the death of over 1000 members of the IMN.
“It is also incongruous that a Judicial Commission that visited persons not directly involved in the crisis refused to visit the Kaduna Central prison where over 70 of the detainees are carrying gunshot wounds and yet it claimed it wanted to determine the number of persons injured. The same Commission did not find it convenient to ascertain the number of our members that died in prisons and police custody.

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