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Military must come clean on slaughter of 347 Shi’ites Amnesty International

By STEPHEN LAWAN
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Amnesty International said the Revelations of the slaughter and secret burial of 347 members of the Islamic Movement under the leadership of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky in mass graves by the Nigerian army must be urgently investigated said Amnesty International today, and anyone suspected of criminal responsibility for these crimes must be brought to trial.

Country Director of the Amnesty International Nigeria, M.K. Ibrahim made the disclosure in a Press Release signed and made available to the newsmen in Abuja.

According to him the horrific revelation that hundreds members of the Islamic Movement (Shi’ites) were gunned down and dumped in mass graves is an important first step to bringing all those suspected of criminal responsibility for this atrocity to trial

M.K. Ibrahim explained that the acknowledgment of the extrajudicial killings which took place between 12-14 December 2015 in Zaria, were made by a Kaduna government official at a Public Hearing of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry and echoes Amnesty International’s own findings.

He explained that “The horrific revelation by the Kaduna State government that hundreds of Shi’ites were gunned down and dumped in mass graves is an important first step to bringing all those suspected of criminal responsibility for this atrocity to trial,”

According to him “It is now imperative that the mass grave sites are protected in order that a full independent forensic investigation can begin. The bodies must be exhumed and Nigerian authorities should immediately reveal the whereabouts of those held in unacknowledged detention and either charge or release them.”

M.K Ibrahim acknowledges that the Amnesty International has been conducting research in the Zaria killings since January 2016. A comprehensive report will be published in the near future.