resolve to defend the territorial integrity of Nigeria from
any individual or group of persons who do not want rules and regulations
or law and order to prevail in the society.
Army/Shiite clash which occurred on December 12, 2015, resulted in the
instant death of many members of the sect, with others seriously
The COAS , according to Leadership, issued this warning yesterday,
January 19 at the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) headquarters
in Abuja during the first sitting of the investigative panel set up by
the NHRC to probe the clash and make recommendations to the federal
government on how to prevent a recurrence where he maintained that his
men acted within the rules of military engagement.
According to Vanguard, Buratai who arrived at the commission around
11.30am amid tight security, insisted that the Army acted within its
rules of engagement regarding the clash which occurred on December 12,
He dismissed claims that the army carried out a massacre on members
of the sect, maintaining that only seven members of the sect were killed
during the face-off, with 10 others seriously injured.
He narrated to the commission how his convoy was attacked in Zaria at
about 2.30pm by members of the sect acting on the orders of Ibrahim El
ZakZakky on that fateful day.
He said: “I left Dutse that morning, hoping to arrive Zaria on
time, to attend the passing out parade of the 73 Regular Recruit of
Intakes. But, the convoy was blocked when we entered the Zaria City. We
are here because we know the sanctity of the human life which we have
sworn to protect. One of our constitutional roles is to defend the
territorial integrity of Nigeria, which also include the totality of the
protection of human rights and indeed, the property of every Nigeria.”
The COAS said the circumstances that led to the incident of December
12, 2015 have been well documented by officers that were involved. And
that the videos and photographs which showed how his convoy was attacked
will be made available to the NHRC probe panel by his officers in due
He said: “It is not in the best interest of the nation for such
lawless acts to be condoned or for the Army to be unnecessarily
condemned in the media. If the Army is ridiculed, then we are not doing
our country any service. We must support the Army. We are facing a very
serious challenge right now, which is our fight against insurgency.”
Buratai warned that if the Islamic Movement in Nigeria is allowed to
continue to operate the way it has been operating, the country could be
faced with a much greater menace than the current Boko Haram challenge
facing the country.
“We are here because we know the sanctity of human life which we have sworn to protect,” he added.
Meanwhile, Shiite members in Kano state have raised alarm over an
alleged plot by one Alhaji Lawal Hasan, a resident of Kofar Waika
neighborhood in Kano metropolis, to instigate the state government
against the movement.
The group in a statement issued on behalf of the group by Dauda
Nalado, a lecturer at the Bayero University Kano, called on the sate
government to disregard the unproven allegations leveled on the group by
Alhaji Lawal Hasan
Nalado described the allegations that members of the movement were carrying out dangerous activities as “malicious
claims perpetrated by mischief makers bent on brewing sectarian
sentiments that will be detrimental to the peaceful coexistence of the
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