Abuja - A judicial commission of inquiry into the December’s massacre of at least 347 members of a Shi’a Muslim group in Zaria has blamed colossal failure of intelligence for the killings, Premium Times reports.
The commission, set up by the Kaduna State government, said the Nigerian Army, Police and the State Security Services, failed in their responsibilities, thereby allowing the killings by the army to occur.
The judicial panel said that military officials refused to cooperate with investigators, hindering the panel’s ability to know the exact number of deaths while confirming 349 deaths including a soldier.
The army claimed it killed only seven Shiites for blocking a public road and attempting to assassinate its chief, Tukur Buratai, a lieutenant general.
The report indicted the General Officer Commanding the Nigerian Army 1st Division in Kaduna, Adeniyi Oyebade, a major general, and A.K. Ibraheem, a colonel, who led the operation while absolving Buratai of any wrongdoing.
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It also recommended the trial of officers who partook in the killings and criticised the security agencies for choosing brute force over basic intelligence in responding to civil unrest.
The Shi’a Islamic Movement said it lost more than a thousand members in the attack that took place between December 12 and 14 at its headquarters.
The group had earlier in the month said more than a million Shiites marched to demand freedom for their detained leader and Israeli-occupied parts of Palestine according to News24.
Spokesperson Ibrahim Musa of the Shiite Islamic Movement said millions marched on Friday on International Quds Day in a dozen northern cities and towns.
Independent journalists reported more than a million people participated in the ancient Islamic city of Zaria that is the organization's headquarters.
Human rights groups say Nigeria's army killed hundreds of Shiites in raids in December. Shiite leader Ibraheem al-Zakzakhy was hit by seven bullets and has been detained ever since.
- News 24