Zaria Massacre: COAS, Reps, Hold Closed Door Meeting

Zaria Massacre: COAS, Reps, Hold Closed Door Meeting

By Vanguard on December 23, 2015
National Assembly, Suleiman Haruna
File: Nigeria's National Assembly Building, Abuja

The House of Representatives Joint Committees on Army, Defence, Public Safety and Security Intelligence, yesterday, had a closed-door meeting with the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Tukur Buratai, over the recent clash between the army and the Shiite Islamic sect in Zaria, Kaduna State, that left scores of people dead.

Speaking after the meeting that lasted about two hours, Chairman of the House Committee on Public Safety and Security Intelligence, Rep Aminu Jaji, expressed satisfaction over the cooperation of various stakeholders involved in the investigation.

He disclosed that a five-member delegation had earlier visited and interacted with Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State and Director of Department of State Services, DSS, on the incident.

Jaji said the committee would also meet with the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Solomon Arase, and various human rights organisations  to proffer lasting solution to the problem and prevent future occurrence.

He assured that the information gathered by the delegation would help the committee to get helpful information on how to address the crisis.

Though he declined knowledge of the number of casualties at the clash, he, however, expressed optimism that the committee in the next phase of the investigation would be able to get the actual number of people that died and injured.

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