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Kaduna govt aided Army in secret burial of Shiites – Falana

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Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has claimed that the Nasir El-Rufai-led Kaduna government, helped the Nigerian Army in secretly burying slain Shiites.

He also accused El-Rufai of failing to prosecute the soldiers that killed 347 members of the sect.

“The Kaduna State government has refused to prosecute the soldiers who killed the 347 Shiites as recommended by the judicial commission of inquiry which it had set up,” Falana said in a statement on Thursday.

“The Kaduna state government aided and abetted the army in the secret burial of the bodies of the slain Shiites in a mass grave in Mango village, near Zaria.

“As if those atrocities were not enough, the Kaduna state government proceeded to demolish the houses of the Shiites leader, Sheik Ibraheem Elzakzaky. Apart from witnessing the gruesome murder of three of their children, Elzakzaky and his wife who were subjected to horrendous brutalisation from the troops have been detained without trial since December 14, 2015.

“Having lost his right eye, Elzakzaky has applied to seek medical treatment abroad. But the request has been rejected by the State Security Service. In a grand display of impunity the order of the federal high court that the couple be released from detention and be provided with accommodation by the government which has rendered them homeless has been treated with disdain.”

Falana also criticised President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to order the army authorities to court martial the soldiers involved in the killings.

“In the same vein, the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, President Buhari has refused to direct the army authorities to constitute a court-martial for the trial of the military officers who issued the illegal order for the genocidal acts,” he added.

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