Shiite war: World rises in condemnation *Amnesty International, Britain speak

By Editor on 16/12/2015

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 693

Battle-ready soldiers during the confrontation

The voice of the world has started rising over last weekend’s killing of some Shiite Islamic adherents in Kaduna, with Amnesty International (AI) and Britain condemning the incident, on the heels of strong words from Iran, the seat of the sect.

AI, which has been quite critical of the Nigerian military, for alleged extra-judicial killings, seemed to have found another opportunity to up the ante, with a statement coming from its Director in Nigeria, M.K. Ibrahim, calling for an urgent investigation into the Kaduna saga.

Britain, also spoke on the same issue calling for restraint and the employment of proper rules of engagement from the Nigerian security forces Nigeria and for Nigeria to observe the tenets of freedom of worship.

Surprisingly, none of such commentaries was heard in a similar incident a fortnight ago, when protesters on the aegis of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), were mowed down through the bullets of Nigerian security operatives.

Shiites members protesting on Tuesday

Regardless, the international human rights body, sued for the full weight of the law to be brought against anybody found culpable “for unlawful killings.”
“Whilst the final death toll is unclear, there is no doubt that there has been a substantial loss of life at the hands of the military,” said M.K. Ibrahim, Director of Amnesty International, Nigeria.

“Firearms should only be used as a last resort, if strictly unavoidable in order to protect life. It is crucial that the authorities refrain from using excessive force and ensure that anyone responsible for unlawful killings is brought to justice in fair trials.”

“As well as the loss of life, security forces arrested many members of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), including the leader of the group, Ibraheem Zakzaky, who was picked up at his residence on Sunday morning and remains in detention. It is unclear if he has access to a lawyer. Reports suggest that the dead and injured were taken to the military hospital and to the university teaching hospital.

“Nigerian security forces have a history of carrying out unlawful killings and other human rights violations. In the course of security operations against Boko Haram, Nigerian military forces have committed serious human rights violations, war crimes and crimes against humanity in north east Nigeria.

“An impartial investigation is urgently needed into these killings. Anyone responsible for unlawful killings should be brought to justice. Those in detention must be granted access to medical care as a matter of urgency and either charged with a recognizable criminal offence or released,” said M.K. Ibrahim.

On its part, British High Commissioner, Paul Arkwright stated: “Like many across Nigeria, I am following with concern the reports of violence in Zaria over the weekend between the Nigerian security forces and the Islamic Movement of Nigeria. I am further concerned at reports that protests in Kaduna have turned violent. Nigeria’s religious and ethnic diversity adds a great deal to this country’s rich culture. It is important, therefore, that Nigerians of all faiths are allowed to assemble and worship freely. In addition, I call on the security forces to conduct their operations within the rule of law, and for demonstrators to ensure any protests are peaceful and equally act within the law.”



Posted on December, 16 2015

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

You may also like...
Scores reported dead at Jos double explosion

Ban Ki-Moon jets into Nigeria *To engage Buhari,...

BREAKING: Caroline, wife of C.C. Onoh ex-Anambra Governor,...

35 reportedly killed in Jos, Biu multiple blasts...

BREAKING: Dream Team miss out Gold pursuit, settle...

Night 'wild' fire pulls down houses, filling station,...

My life in Danger, Fani-Kayode’s cries out from...

Only few Nigerians fail to see Buhari’s giant...

BREAKING: It’s done, Rangers are champions of Nigeria,...
Latest News Renewed attacks in S’Africa: Police kill another Nigerian, mob raze down four shops Why Kim Kardashian and Kanye West named new baby Chicago George Weah stars, scores in testimonial match ahead Liberia Presidential handover Ex-Barcelona coach positioned to replace Conte at Chelsea Australia Open: Sharapova crashes, Djokovic, Federer move on Police IG sends ex-Lagos CP to Benue as plans to end Herdsmen killings unfolds 'Ailing' Pele collapses, rushed to hospital Herdsmen invasion: Benue People still living in fear, torment, Orthom cries out TRAGEDY: After inhaling poisonous gas, 12 UNIOSUN students collapse in class *Rushed to hospital BREAKING: Salisu pitches tent with Falaye, Okpotu, Ezenwa, eight others as CHAN Eagles battle Libya


Most Read BREAKING: Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar clinch final Ballon d'Or shortlist, Suarez snubbed (36,096 views) You must release Kanu, give us justice or we keep bombing – Gen. Ben (23,517 views) Seven 'killer' SARS officers arrested in Anambra for murder (21,367 views) I must redeem Ndigbo or die trying – Nwodo *We're quite uncomfortable in Nigeria (20,534 views) Biafra: I’ll lead negotiation with agitators – Okorie *Warns against force (13,624 views) Okorie to Buhari: Your gvt can’t be killing Ndigbo and offering B’Haram amnesty (12,737 views) BREAKING: Again DSS shuns court order, hedges on Kanu's release (11,748 views) BREAKING: Upset, as Ugwuanyi appoints Queen of 419 into cabinet (10,426 views) Biafra: S’East governors, Ohanaeze to meet Buhari over Kanu (9,671 views) Catholic bishops to Mbaka: Your prophesies could be brain wave (9,609 views)


News Appointments (133) Business (239) Crime (632) Economy (410) Education (155) Entertainment (84) Fashion and Style (5) General (245) Health (264) Inside Africa (194) Interviews (14) National (629) Politics (1831) Press Releases (3) Religion (119) Security (972) Sports (1746) Technology (19) World News (380)


CBN banner advert

Chelsea Outdoor

Veleta banner

FRSC Officials vs Woman Driver on highway



Newsletters Subscribe to Whirl Wind News newsletters today and get breaking news and updates delivered to your mailbox!

Sign up