Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, yesterday shunned first sitting of the judicial commission of inquiry set up to look into the clash between the movement and men of the Nigerian Army in Zaria last year.
The movement, through its counsel, insisted on seeing its leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky to get necessary briefings from him before it could submit any memorandum and appear before the commission.
Meanwhile, the commission, which commenced its sitting yesterday, had adjourned till Wednesday this month (February 24) for continuation of its hearing.
Addressing the public, chairman of the commission, Justice Muhammadu Lawal Garba said, “This sitting has to be adjourned till Wednesday because of the absence of one party involved in the inquiry.
“Counsel to the commission, Yusuf Ali (SAN) has been asked to find out the whereabouts of the leader of the Shiites and report back to the commission.”
The panel chairman also informed the army which was present at the inaugural sitting, to also ensure that they were present in all of the sittings as required by law.
It would be recalled that the Shiite group had before now faulted the composition of the 13-man panel, saying some of its members were already against the movement and expressed fear that the outcome might not be fair and just.
But the commission’s address at the inaugural sitting reiterated that it was determined to conduct a true, fair and impartial investigation into the matter.
Speaking to newsmen shortly after the adjournment, counsel to the commission, Yusuf Ali (SAN) promised to find out the whereabouts of the Shiites leader within 24 hours and thereafter write formally to the authority to enable IMN lawyers get access to him and get the requested briefings.
He disclosed that about 105 memorandum had already been received by the commission.

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