Thursday, 21 July 2016

Judicial Commission Calls For Army General’s Prosecution Over Shi’ite Massacre

A judicial commission of inquiry set up by theKaduna state government announced that it had presented its report last week.The panel was set up to investigate the killingof 349 Shi’ites on December 12 and 14 after they had blocked the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff in Kaduna.The original incident where the Army Chief’s convoy was attacked took place on December 12. Two days later, soldiers poured into the Shi’ite headquarters and killed hundreds without provocation.Although the report of the panel has not beenmade public, our sources report that the panel indicted the General Officer Commanding of the 1st Division of the Army, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade.Major General Adeniyi Oyebade was said to have authorized the attacks without approval from a chain of command.The commission of inquiry also mentioned several other top military officials and recommended that they face criminal charges for their role on the massacre.The Army has claimed that only seven Shi’ites were killed for “an assassination attempt on the Chief of Staff”, a claim which has since been proved to be false.The leader of the Shi’ite sect, El Zakzaky who was arrested seven months ago remains in custody.

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