Daily Trust (Abuja)

4 August 2014

Nigeria: Zaria Killing - Sultan, Media Watch Call for Thorough Investigation

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Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar, has called for a full-scale investigation into the killing of members of the Islamic Movement in Zaria penultimate week.

Three sons of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky were among the over 30 people killed in the incident.

Abubakar, who hosted members of the Alumni Association of the Nigerian Defence Academy, 18th regular Course, to a dinner in Sokoto at the weekened, said unless offenders are punished, crimes will not be eradicated.

"Whoever is found wanting should be properly punished in line with the laws of the country, as this will serve as deterrent to others," he said.

He stressed the need for the military to always respect the rules of engagement and the need for minimum use of force while on duty.

The Sultan decried what he called incessant clashes between military and other security agents, saying such portrays the country in bad light. He called on political leaders to ensure social justice in all their affairs, adding that justice is the foundation of good governance, without which peace will be lacking.

"If we are not truthful with one another, we will never have solutions to our problems," he stated.

Also, the Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria (MMWGN) yesterday called on the Federal Government to urgently institute a Judicial Commission of Enquiry into what it called extra-judicial killing of more than 30 youth, allegedly by the military in Zaria.

In a statement in Ilorin, National Coordinator of the group, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi said the fact that there had not been violent reactions to the murder of the youth showed that the protest was a peaceful one.

It said an independent probe by the government would go a long way in exposing the killers adding that failure to act in this regard would "make overzealous security operatives to in future engage in criminal activities the like of which have been witnessed in Lagos and Abuja in the recent times."

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