ABUJA: INVESTIGATIONS into the deadly violence that violence that followed the arrest of Sheikh Ibrahim El Zak-Zaky, leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, will resume after order is restored in Zaria, Kaduna State ,Northwest Nigeria . Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, Acting Director Army Public Relations, late Sunday said as soon as order was restored to the situation in Zaria city and its environs, the police would conduct an enquiry and the public will be informed.

“In the meantime, the public is advised to go about their lawful business and report any suspicious persons or incidents to the police.” Some 20 people were feared dead after Saturday’s incident involving clashes between detachments of the Nigerian Army, accompanying the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai and Muslim followers of the Shiite sect.

The cause of the clash could not be ascertained. It is alleged the army leader survived an assassination attempt as Shiite group members allegedly blocked roads and disallowed other passers-by to go about their lawful businesses and activities.

“It is important to note that over the years, this group has subjected ordinary citizens using public roads to untold hardship, delays, threats and disruption simply because they insist on using public space irrespective of inconvenience and hardship on other law abiding citizens and motorists. This cannot be tolerated and must stop,” said Usman.


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