World Human Rights group Amnesty International has told President Muhammadu Buhari not to cover the truth over the massacre of Shi’ites in Northern Nigeria.
The group called for an immediate investigation into the revelation of slaughter and secret burial of 347 members of the religious group in mass graves by the Nigerian army, on the 12th to14th December, 2015, in Zaria.
The group also said anyone suspected of criminal responsibility for the crimes must be brought to trial after the revelation of the extrajudicial killing were made by a Kaduna government official at a Public Hearing of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry.
“The horrific revelation by the Kaduna State government that hundreds of Shi’ites were gunned down and dumped in mass graves is an important first step to bringing all those suspected of criminal responsibility for this atrocity to trial,” said Country Director of Amnesty International Nigeria, M.K. Ibrahim.
“It is now imperative that the mass grave sites are protected in order that a full independent forensic investigation can begin. The bodies must be exhumed and Nigerian authorities should immediately reveal the whereabouts of those held in unacknowledged detention and either charge or release them.”
Since January 2016, Amnesty International has been conducting a research into the killings and very soon, a comprehensive report about the killings will be published according to the human rights group.
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