…Sitting ended abruptly amid heightened tension
The plenary on Wednesday ended abruptly at the House of Representatives after the presiding officer announced that protesting Shiites had crashed into a gate of the National Assembly.
The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yusuf Lasun, announced that the protesters, members of the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) crashed into the first gate of the National Assembly, creating heightened tension around the National Assembly premises.
The development forced the legislators to abruptly adjourn their plenary which was on before the announcement.
…IMN regularly demand release of their leader since 2015
Recall that Members of the IMN have held regular protests to demand the release of their leader since December 2015.
Their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, was arrested along with his wife after soldiers killed hundreds of IMN members in Zaria, Kaduna State, between December 12 and 15, 2015. Some of Mr El-Zakzaky’s children were amongst those killed.
….judicial panel found military culpable
A judicial panel set up by the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, found the military culpable in the massacre and recommended trial of a major-general.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government is yet to prosecute anyone for the mass killings.
At least 347 people were confirmed dead and given mass burial in Kaduna, in connection with the incident.
…..Human right groups condemn killings
Right groups like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have also condemned the killings, while the International Criminal Court is investigating the killings.
Mr El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeena, are still being detained and are being prosecuted for their alleged roles in the killing of a soldier as a result of the mayhem.