Commission to begin sitting on Shiites, soldiers clash

JusticeThe Judicial Commission of Inquiry, looking into the December 2015 Zaria clash between members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) and the Nigerian Army, yesterday said that it has ran out of patience for the Islamic group to submit its memorandum to the panel, having provided ample opportunities to do so without success.

Besides, the Commission adjourned for the fifth time till March 21, 2016 when it resumed sitting in Kaduna yesterday, to enable the Counsel to the IMN get access to its leader, Sheikh El- Zakzaky, as demanded by the Shiites lawyers.

However, the panel told the parties involved in the Zaria bloody clash that nothing would hinder the Commission from commence sitting fully next week.

Adjourning the sitting yesterday, the Chairman of the Commission,
Justice Muhammadu Lawal Garba, said the Panel was running out of six weeks allotted to it by the Kaduna State Government, stressing that yesterday’s adjournment will be the last whether Shiites group have access to its leader or not for proper proceedings to commence.

Justice Garba urged the IMN Lawyers to submit their memorandum before or on March 21, as the Commission would go ahead on that day to hear the Army’s side of the memorandum submitted to the panel.



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