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Shiite leader El-Zakzaky to face prosecution over killings

06 December 2016, 17:10

Kaduna - The Kaduna State Government is set to prosecute the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky a year after over 300 members were killed by soldiers, Premium Times reports.

El-Zakzaky will not only be prosecuted for the actions that led to the death of his followers in December last year, but for “other crimes” that he and his members may have committed in the last three decades.

These were part of the decisions reached by the state government as contained in the White Paper released on Monday in Kaduna.

The White Paper was drafted by a nine-member committee set up by the state government to review recommendations made by a commission of enquiry also established by the state government.

The commission of enquiry was set up following the killing of at least 347 people between December 12 and 14 by soldiers. The soldiers accused the Shiite members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, of blocking a major road and plotting to kill the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai. The Shiites denied the allegations.

The killings were condemned by local and international human rights organisations including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. The Federal Government had refused to investigate the killings, passing on the responsibility to the Kaduna State Government to do so.

El-Zakzaky and his wife have been held without trial since the December incident amidst condemnations by civic groups and activists. Last week, A federal court in Abuja ordered the federal government to release the cleric and his wife and pay them a N50 million compensation for the unlawful detention.

The Kaduna government appears set to order the re-arrest of Mr. El-Zakzaki and prosecute him should he be released by the federal government.

The Kaduna State Government has officially labelled the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, an insurgent group according to News24.

This is contained in a White Paper released by the state government on Monday in Kaduna.

- News 24

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