Army/Shiites Clash: Senate Begins Investigation

The Senate Committee on Defence on Wednesday commenced investigation into the Army/Shiite clash in Zaria, Kaduna State, which occurred on December 12, 2015.
Chairman of the committee, Sen. Ahmad Lawal told newsmen in Kaduna shortly after a meeting with Governor Nasiru El-Rufai that their interaction with all interested parties would be in secret.

According to him, “We have come for a courtesy call and we have had a meeting with the
Nigerian Army led by the General Officer Commanding, 1 Division.”
“We are also meeting the Director DSS and also the Commissioner of Police.”
Lawal added that the committee would proceed to Zaria, where it planned to visit the Shiite shrine among other engagements.

He said for now, the activities of the committee would not be opened to the public.
“Public hearing will be better after our fact finding session.”
“Most of the issues are very sensitive security issues and we believe we shouldn’t play to the gallery,” the committee chairman said.

While revealing that the committee had two weeks ago met with top ranking members of the Shia, he stated that “the session we had wasn’t a conclusive hearing, because we still believe they have other issues that they believe we need to hear and we will give them that opportunity at a later time.”
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