Panel chair pledges fair hearing in Shiites, soldiers clash inquiry
Chairman of the judicial panel investigating the clash between members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (Shiites) and soldiers in Zaria, last year, Justice Muhammad Lawal Garba, has assured that the panel would give fair hearing to all parties involved.
Justice Garba, who spoke with journalists yesterday, said that the panel had kept to its pledge to facilitate the meeting of counsels to the Shiites with their leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky in prison, adding that despite this assurance, the group still refused to submit a memorandum to the panel.
According to him, the submission of memoranda to the panel by either the Shiites or other members of the public who want to give evidence on the clash is not over, reiterating that, “we will give fair hearing to all parties in the clash.”
Garba added: “Let me state the commitment of this commission to give fair hearing as enshrined in the constitution of Nigeria to the parties that are going to appear before us, and particularly those directly involved in the incident that happened in Zaria to present their own side of the story.
“The decision of the Islamic group to appear or not will not frustrate or forestall the assignment of the commission because we are looking for facts, and it is not only the group that witnessed what happened in Zaria. There are other stakeholders who knew what happened. We will look at the entire facts on what actually happened.”
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