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Islam movement defies probe into Zaria attacks

02 May 2016, 21:21

Lagos – The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) said it would not cooperate with the Kaduna State Government Judicial Commission of Inquiry until its leader, Ibraheem Zakzaky, was released.

The commission is probing the deadly attack the military carried out against IMN members in Zaria.

IMN says more than 1 000 members were killed.

The Northern State Governors Forum (NSGF), in a communiqué issued at its meeting last Friday, called on the IMN to cooperate with the Commission of Inquiry

“We appreciate the Governors call, at least it is an acknowledgement on their part that something unfortunate in the history of the North happened in Zaria that if not handled fairly and justly could have long-term consequences for the region and the country in general,” said Ibrahim Musa, IMN Spokesperson.

Also read: Watch: Attack by military planned, deliberate, Shi'ite group says

He said among the grievances authorities had not addressed include the continued incarceration of the leader of the movement.

IMN also pointed at the allegedly lopsided composition of the commission.

“We have already pointed out to the government and the public that among the ’13 wise men and women’ of the Commission are three people who are well known in their hate campaigns against the IMN which is set in a way to suggest that the final report was already determined against it,” said Musa.

The Zaria massacre occurred in 2015 when the military argued it was dispersing IMN supporters that had threatened to assassinate Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai. This version has been widely-rejected. 




- CAJ News


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