Shiites bury another detained member

Shiites bury another detained member

Friday, April 8, 2016 3:28 pm

Idris Khalid: buried

Idris Khalid: buried

The Islamic Movement of Nigeria said the military authorities have given it the body of a member Idris Khalid to bury.

It was the second body given to the movement, the members of which are known as Shiites.

IMN claimed the military killed over 1,000 members and carried the bodies away last December after soldiers brutally attacked the sect in Zaria over the allegation that Shitte members blocking a highway in Zaria were planning to kill the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai.

Idris Khalid, 50, was buried according to Islamic rites at Tudun wada cemetery ground in Kaduna with hundreds of people in attendance, IMN spokesman Ibrahim Musa said.

“He was shot and seriously wounded when the military opened fire on members of the Islamic Movement at Sheikh Zakzaky’s residence in Gyallesu, Zaria.

“Though he didn’t die on the spot, he was among those arrested by the army and handed over to the police in Kaduna.

“However, after just 3 days in police custody, he was pronounced dead, most probably due to lack of medical attention”. Musa said the body was not released until yesterday.

Idris Khalid, a native of Duhu village in Katsina, was survived by three wives. He had no child.

Human Rights watch, an international human rights group was reported to have said that over 300 people were killed by the military in Zaria between 12-14 December, 2015.

The military disputed the number of people it killed, with the Chief of army staff, Lt. Gen. Buratai telling National Human Rights commission in Abuja that only seven people were killed.

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria has published a list of almost a thousand people who have been declared missing since the army’s pogrom in Zaria.

Among its demands is that the army should hand over the corpses of those it killed to their relatives for proper Islamic burial.

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