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Government to probe Army/Shiite clash

08 January 2016, 14:06

Abuja -  The Federal Government is set to investigate the clash between soldiers in the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Tukur Buratai, and members of the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Vanguard reports.

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, made the disclosure while receiving a 10-man delegation from the President, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and Sultan of Sokoto.

Malami said it was not clear yet whether the probe would be instituted by the Federal Government or the Kaduna State Government but said the investigation was necessary to prevent a future recurrence.

Also read: Shi’ite leader accused of running parallel government

He further said it was necessary for clerics to educate their followers on good conduct and how to co-exist with their neighbours, especially the teachings on the right of way which the Muslim Ummah are compelled to respect.

On December 17, 2015, the Kaduna state governor, Nasir El Rufai, announced the establishment of a state Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the incident.

Hundreds of Shiites were reportedly killed during the clash while the Shiite leader Ibraheem Zakzaky suffered four bullet wounds before being taken into custody.

Read more at Vanguard

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