NASS Summons Army Chief For Questioning Over Shiite Muslim Massacre


The National Assembly has bowed to international pressure by doing what it ought to have done a long while ago. The Senate and House of Representatives have finally summoned the Chief of Army Staff, Mr. Tukur Buratai over the deadly clash of Shiite Muslims and the Nigerian Army in Zaria, Kaduna state, which led to the death of scores of persons, with the actually number yet to be known.

And it does not end there as the “heads of other security agencies,” and top leaders of the Islamic Movement, would also appear a House joint Committee on Army/National Security/Intelligence and Public Safety to answer questions. This is according to the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Lawan Daura. He also suggested that other stakeholders who the Joint House deemed fit to invite over the discussion of the issue would be invited as well.

A National Assembly official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity said:

“The Chief of Army Staff will have to come and testify before the committee as an important stakeholder. The committee has the mandate of the House to invite him. The DG, as well as the DSS too, is relevant to this investigation. It will involve heads of other security agencies since the committee will be looking at the security implications or otherwise of the clash. The leaders of the Islamic Movement will also have to come and state their side of the matter before the committee can reach any reasonable conclusions.”