Islamic body meets police boss over Zaria clashes
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, hasassured the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs of a professional investigation into the recent deadly clashes between the Army and Shiite protestors.
Speaking after meeting a delegation of the Islamic body in Abuja, Arasesaid police and other security agencies were conscious of Nigerian citizens’ fundamental rights and would ever protect them.
The assurance comes after reports “hundreds” of Shiite protesters havebeen killed. However, officially, it is said three lost their lives.The clashes emanated from reports of an attempt on the life of General Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff by Shiite protesters demonstratingagainst the arrest of their leader, Ibrahim Zakzaky, in the ancient Muslim university town of Zaria, Kaduna State.
Arase appreciated the delegation’s visit to his office.He appealed to the Islamic body to use its reputable and respectedplatform to caution all groups in the country, that while they had theconstitutional rights to express their views, it should not circumscribethe rights of others.Meanwhile, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, head of the delegation and theSecretary-General of Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, thanked the Force for the cooperation extended to the body.He further used the medium to mediate on the clash.
He urged Arase to look into the immediate and remote causes of theincident with a view to avoiding such in future.Oloyede equally appealed for possible medical assistance to those detainedin connection with the incident.On Monday, the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, has inaugurated afive-man panel to investigate the remote and immediate causes of the clash.
– CAJ News
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