Shiites want exhumation of slain members buried in mass grave


The umbrella body of Shiites—Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), has demanded for the exhumation of their members allegedly maimed, killed during the Nigerian Army massacre in Zaria and buried in mass grave in Kaduna.

A member of Free Zakzaky campaign committee, Abdulhamid Bello, made the call at a press conference in Kaduna.

Speaking on the issue, Bello said the need to exhume its members who were killed by the army was for them to properly identify and bury them in accordance with Islamic rites.

“It is unfortunate that in the last two years, the Islamic Movement has continued to be persecuted and denied our religious rights.

“But we have compiled a detailed report of everything that happened and submitted to the International Criminal Court at The Hague. They have since announced that they have opened preliminary into the matter.

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“We call on the international community, especially the United Nations, European Union, African Union, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the ICC to add more pressure on the government to live up to its responsibilities with regards to the issue of Islamic Movement and Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky in particular or be convicted,” he said.

Bello, therefore, demanded the immediate release of Zakzaky, his wife and other members who, according to him, were unlawfully detained.

“All those responsible for the planning or execution of attacks on us and our property must be brought to book, irrespective of their status,” he added.