Military-Shiite clash: Sultan calls for investigation
CONCERNED over the recent Zaria Military-Shi’ite sect members clash resulting in deaths and score of others injured, Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III has called for a full-scale investigation into the occurence.
He also decried the recent clash between the military and the Police in Zuru, saying,” three innocent lives were also lost.”
No fewer than forty persons were said to have been killed during the incident after the military attack on the sect members on peaceful protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza.
Sultan Abubakar spoke over the weekend in Sokoto at a dinner he organized for the members of the Alumni Association of the Nigerian Defence Academy, 18 Regular Course, 1975.
” Whoever is found to be wanting should be properly punished in line with the laws of the country.
” Some people commit offence with impunity and unless we punish offenders according to the laws of the land, such problems will continue to recur.
” We must obey the laws of the land and the authorities must rise to the challenge,” he added.
According to the monarch, there would be no country when there are no laws or were being trampled upon.
Referring to the incident between the military and the Police in Zuru, Abubakar lamented that clashes between the military and para-military, especially the Police, as well as civilians were becoming too frequent in the nation.
He noted that such clashes were not new but said” it is getting worse now and it does not augur well for the nation.”
He stressed the need for the military to always respect the rules of engagement and the need for minimum use of force while on duty
The Sultan also underscored the need for social justice in all the affairs of the country, adding that “Justice is the foundation of any good governance and there will be no peace if there is no justice.”
” We also need more truth-fullness, honesty and transparency in Nigeria. If we are not truthful with one another we can never have solutions to our problems,” he stated.
The duo of former CDS and former COAS, retired Generals Samuel Ogumudiya and Azuibuke Ihejirika, respectively commended the Sultan for the gesture.
” We promise to continue to do our best to ensure the safety of lives and property, as well as the socio-economic prosperity of Nigeria,” they assured.
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