ICC invites AGF over Zaria massacre as protesting Shi’ites storm NHRC
By Adelanwa Bamgboye
The international Criminal Court of Justice (ICC) has invited the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice , Alhaji Abubakar Malami SAN to come and explain why those culpable should not be punished over last year’s Zaria clash between the military and Shi’ ites members.
Based on the invitation, the AGF is expected to jet out to the ICC later today and explain the part played by the military during the clash.
This is coming on the heels of the members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria otherwise known as the Shi’ites who yesterday took their protest to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Head Quarters saying that not fewer than one hundred innocent citizens killed in Kano on Monday.
The protesting Shi’ites members alleged that on Mondayin Kano, well armed police men in about one hundred trucks after tear gassing thousands of peaceful Shi’ites members’ who were discharging their religious duty- the annual Arbaeen symbolic trek, opened fire on them.
They called on the NHRC to inform President Muhammadu Buhari that its members are citizens of Nigeria that deserve to be protected from all kind of harm from enemies of peace and humanity.
”We equally urge the NHRC to remind Governor of Kano State not to turn the recently peaceful atmosphere enjoyed in the state into a place where innocent lives are being shed for the interest of blood thirsty devils”., said Sihi Ahemd from the Academic Forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (AFIMN).
According to him, the police authorities should hand over the bodies of brothers and sisters they killed in cold blood to their family members for proper burial while all those involved in the ungodly act should be brought to book.
The Shi’ites also called on the federal government to release their leader Shaikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, his wife and others immediately and unconditionally.
Lambert Opara, who received the protesting Shi’ites on behalf of the NHRC boss, Prof. Bem Amgwe urged the protesters to maintain peace, adding that the government was looking into the matter.