347 Corpse of Shiites Members Given Mass Burial in Nigeria

347 Corpse of Shiites Members Given Mass Burial in Nigeria

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347 Corpse of Shiites Members Given Mass Burial in Nigeria

-Unclaimed corpses of members of the Shia Islamic movement given mass burial by Kaduna state government

 -Hearing continues in court

347 Corpse of Shiites Members Given Mass Burial in Nigeria

The Kaduna State Government,on Monday, officially announced that 347 persons were killed during the Dec. 12 clash between the Shiites and the Nigerian army in Zaria.

The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Balarabe Lawal, made this known in a government submission at the ongoing Public Hearing of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the clash.

Lawal, who led a six-man government witnesses before the panel, said that 191 corpses were taken from the Nigerian Army Depot, Zaria, and were buried in Mando area in Kaduna. He said 156 other corpses were also conveyed from Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), Zaria, to the same Mando area. The SSG s

shiites during one of their processions
shiites during one of their processions

aid the corpses were those of youth Members of the Islam Movement (IMN) who allegedly attempted to attack the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Dec. 12, 2015, in Zaria.

The state government said the corpses were committed into a single grave (mass burial) at the Mando area jointly supervised by the state government officials and about 40 men of the Nigerian Army, led by an officer in the rank of a Major.

The SSG said 189 suspects were being prosecuted for alleged involvement in the Zaria crises while one suspect had died in custody. He said the state government had received several security reports from the Directorate of State Security (DSS) on the activities of the movement.

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According to him, several measures had been taken to address the situation before it finally escalated into the clash with the Nigerian Army.

Another witness and Director-General, Kaduna State Interfaith Agency, Mr Namadi Musa, said the mass burial was conducted on Dec. 14 and Dec. 15, respectively, and it took the officials about six hours to complete the burial.

347 Corpse of Shiites Members Given Mass Burial in Nigeria

Musa said while six tonnes of Mercedes tippers conveyed the 191 corpses from the ABUTH, the Army used three heavy duty trucks to convey corpses from the Zaria Army Depot. “The mass burial was authorised through a warrant of burial obtained from a Kaduna Chief Magistrates’ Court in Kaduna,’’ he said.

The state government blamed some of the lapses and the excesses of the movement on the inability of the previous government which did not take serious action to curtail the activities of the sect. On alleged demolition of buildings and structures of the IMN leader, the witnesses said that the demolitions were based on recommendation of a committee set up by the state government.

The witnesses, including officials of KASUPDA, KAPWA and the state ministry of Works, Transport and Housing, told the panel that several other structures belonging to individuals had been demolished for poor building specifications and standards.

It is however still be speculated that the number of those killed during the December 12 attack could be higher than the figure released by the state government. a member of the Zaria community in Kaduna at earlier told newsmen that some of the corpses had been taken from the road and gutters before the government came to take others away.

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The resident added that even after the officials left, some corpses were still seen days later.

347 Corpse of Shiites Members Given Mass Burial in Nigeria