NHRC to set up high-powered committee to investigate the extrajudicial Killings in Zaria

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has pledged to set up a high-powered committee to investigate the killing of 34 people,
mostly students by the Nigeria military during the
International Quds Day procession in Zaria on 25
and 26 July, 2014.
The move came as a result of a rally held at the
headquarters of the NHRC by the Nigerian students
from various tertiary institutions under the umbrella
of Academic Forum of the Islamic Movement in
Nigeria (AFIMN) last month, pressing for justice.
NHRC gave the assurance when representatives of
the Academic Forum presented to the commission
detail report of the killing, which included pictures
and video clips in Abuja on Monday.
Receiving the supporting documents on behalf of the
Executive Secretary, Signatory of the NHRC Kabiru
Alhassan stated that, “the commission will make an
independent investigation to ascertain if what
happened violated the victims’ right to life as
guaranteed under section 33 of 1999 constitution of
the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) and
other regional and international Human Rights
instrument, to which Nigeria is a party”.
Responding, representatives of the Academic Forum
hoped for a speedy and just response from the
Commission, saying justice delayed is justice
denied.
It would be recalled that on the 25th and 26th of
July ,2014 , a detachment of Nigerian Army headed
by Lt. Col. S .O Oku in a broad daylight murdered 34
people, including 3 of Shaikh Ibraheem Zakzaky’s
sons, during the annual International Quds Day
procession in Zaria.
Chairman of the NHRC, Professor Chidi Ansalem
Odinkalu had also paid condolence on Shaikh
Zakzaky, where he pledged that the commission
“will seek all legal avenues and employ all legal
mechanisms to ensure law takes its rightful
course”.

By Shu’aibu I. Ahmad