The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shiites, has demanded justice for the over 1, 000 of its members allegedly killed in Zaria, Kaduna State, by soldiers on December 15, 2015.
The group made the demand during a book launch to commemorate the incident recently, in Abuja.
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The book, titled ‘December 2015 Massacre of Shiites in Nigeria; Survivors Accounts’, was reviewed by Professor Isa Hassan Mshalgaru.
He said based on the incidents captured in the literature, the use of the word massacre appropriately described the mass murder of defenseless civilians.
“The book gives gripping and gruesome account of military brutality against members of the IMN,” he said.
He added that the Zaria incident was on the same pedestal with the Zaki Biam and Odi pogroms of 2001 and 1999 respectively.
Also speaking at the launch, the Executive Secretary, Anti-Corruption Network, Dr. Ebenezer Oyetokun, urged the federal government to release the leader of the movement who has been incarcerated since 2015.