Shiite-Army clash: Judicial Commission recommends prosecution of Gen. Adeniyi Oyebade

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Premium Times is reporting that the judicial commission of inquiry set up by the Kaduna state government to investigate the December 12 -14, 2015 massacre of members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) by the Nigerian Army recommended the prosecution of the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 1st Division of the Army in Kaduna, Major Gen. Adeniyi Oyebade.

The commission submitted its report to the governor, Nasir El-Rufai, last Friday but it was classified as top secret. Premium Times said it obtained a copy of the report which indicted Oyebade for authorising the military operation that led to the killing of at least 347 members of the Islamic group in Zaria, Kaduna state.

The 13-member panel headed by Justice Mohammed Lawal Garba concluded in its report that Oyebade was indicted for deploying “soldiers to carry out such a large scale operation without recourse to the chain of command.”

According to Premium Times, the panel described the treatment of the corpses as undignified, noting: “the commission was unable to determine the causes of death of the deceased victims owing to the mass burial conducted by the state without any autopsy.”

“The panel said the burial of all corpses of male and female Muslims in one grave violated Islamic traditions and other relevant burial laws of Kaduna State and Rule 115 of the Geneva Convention,” the report said.

Also, according to the report, the panel said that the force deployed by the army against the Shi’ites was “disproportionate.”

Members of the IMN were also indicted in the report over the death of one Corporal Dan Yakubu of the Nigerian army. The commission recommended that those found culpable in the killing of the officer should be prosecuted.

The Shiite and the army had clashed on December 12 when the Islamic group in the course of observing one of their religious rites, blocked the highway in Zaria, preventing the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, who was in the city for the Passing Out Parade of the Army Depot, from moving.

The incident later led to a face-off between the army and the Shiite members, leading to the killing of many members of the Islamic group.

Several others were injured while the residence of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky was destroyed. Zakzaky and his wife who were arrested are still being detained without any formal change brought against them.

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