Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasiru El- Rufai, has said that the Leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, whose followers clashed with the military last weekend in Zaria, would be prosecuted for any crimes he may have committed. His remarks came just as followers of El- Zakzaky expressed lack of confidence in the judicial commission of enquiry proposed by the governor to look into the clash between the Shiite members and the military.
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A deadly clash had occured between the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, and El- Zakzaky’s followers who were said to have barricaded the highway during their annual procession. The bloody clash on the highway and a subsequent raid on the residence of El-Zakzaky led to the death of some of his followers, including his son, while several others were injured. The military however issued a statement immediately after the incident claiming that members of the sect wanted to assassinate Buratai.
Days after the army raided the residence of the Shiite leader, Governor El-Rufai made a state broadcast announcing the setting up of a judicial commission of inquiry to look into the incident.

Responding to reporters’ questions last night in Kaduna shortly governors of the 19 Northern states, under the aegis of Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF), rose from their meeting convened to deliberate on the clash between the military and the Shiites in Zaria, El-Rufai said “The leader of the movement is in custody, he will be prosecuted for any crimes that he may have committed. But that is the decision for the federal authorities. There are state and federal crimes.”

“There is a government and a constitution and we are resolved to follow the constitution and due process,” El-Rufai said.
The Shiite members however took on the governor yesterday for allegedly making indicting pronouncements against them, declaring that they have no confidence in the judicial panel of inquiry to be set up by the state government.
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