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FG to probe Army/Shiite clash, as Sultan pleads for El-Zakzaky release

Barely a month after a violent clash between soldiers in the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Major-General T. Y. Buratai, and members of the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, the Federal Government has opted to probe the incident, which has heightened tension in the religious circles.

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, who gave the indication of the investigation while receiving a 10-man delegation from the President, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and Sultan of Sokoto, said the unfortunate incident was avoidable.

This was contained in a statement made available by Mr. Salihu Othman Isah, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice.

Malami said it was not clear yet whether the probe would be instituted by the Federal Government or the Kaduna State Government but said the investigation was necessary to prevent a future recurrence.

Meanwhile, the leader of the delegation, Professor Daud Noibi, chairman of the NSCIA Contact Committee, had earlier pleaded with the Federal Government for the release of Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, the leader of the Shiites and his followers who were injured for adequate medical treatment while the bodies of the dead should be released for burial.

In his response, the AGF said: I will do whatever I can within the confines of the law to see how an amicable resolution can be achieved. So, when your demand is formalised, I will treat and facilitate it to the appropriate quarters accordingly.

Other members of the delegation included the National Secretary of the Council, Professor Ishaq Oloyede; Malam Yunus Ustaz (SAN), Professor Dahiru Yahaya, Mallam Musemil Hanga, Professor Ibrahim Suleiman, Alhaji Ibrahim Jega, Malam Ishaq K. Sanni, Imam A.R. Ahmad, Mr. Abubakar Tsav (retd), a former Commissioner of Police, Lagos State and Mallam Yusuf Ali (SAN).

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