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Shiite vs Army Kaduna government buried 347 corpses after Zaria battle

The Nigerian Army accused members of the Shiite sect of attempting to assassinate the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai.

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The Secretary to the Kaduna State Government, Mallam  Balarabe Lawal, told the the Judicial Commission of Inquiry investigating the cause of the clash between the Nigerian Army and members of the Shiite sect, that the government recovered and buried a total of 347 corpses.

Punch reports that Lawal also added that 191 unknown corpses were recovered from the Army Depot in Zaria, and another 156 corpse were recovered from the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Shika.

The Director-General of Interfaith, Muhammad Namadi Musa also testified saying “On December 13, 2015, I received a phone call from the SSG to come to the Government House after which I was directed to go to Zaria to find out the number of corpses and how they would be buried.

“I moved in company of the state Commissioner of Police straight to ABUTH, Zaria to ascertain the number of corpses. There we counted 156 corpses.

“At the Nigerian Depot, the SSG directed me to meet with one  Maj. Ogundare regarding the corpses there. After introducing myself, he refused to let me know the number; but later on, the SSG called me and told me the number.”

Musa also said “He also confirmed the number while they were being buried; as he counted them one after the other as they were laid in one grave.

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“We left the Nigerian Army Depot with three heavy-duty trucks and 60 young officers who escorted us to assist in offloading the corpses. From ABUTH, Zaria, five small trucks carried the 196 corpses. Most corpses were covered with black materials and they included women and children.”

The Nigerian Army accused members of the Shiite sect of attempting to assassinate the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai.

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