Abuja - Investigations into the deadly
violence that followed the arrest of Sheikh Ibrahim El Zak-Zaky,
leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, will resume after order is restored
in Zaria, Kaduna State.
Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, Acting Director Army Public
Relations, late Sunday said as soon as order was restored to the situation in
Zaria city and its environs, the police would conduct an enquiry and the public
will be informed.
“In the meantime, the public is advised to go about their
lawful business and report any suspicious persons or incidents to the police.”
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Some 20 people were feared dead after Saturday’s incident
involving clashes between detachments of the Nigerian Army, accompanying the
Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General
Tukur Buratai and Muslim followers of the Shiite sect.
The cause of the clash could not be ascertained.
It is alleged the army leader survived an assassination
attempt as Shiite group members allegedly blocked roads and disallowed other
passers-by to go about their lawful businesses and activities.
“It is important to note that over the years, this group
has subjected ordinary citizens using public roads to untold hardship, delays,
threats and disruption simply because they insist on using public space
irrespective of inconvenience and hardship on other law abiding citizens and
motorists. This cannot be tolerated and must stop,” said Usman
- CAJ News