The Nigerian Senate has set up an investigative panel to probe last weekend’s skirmishes between Shiites Islamic Movement of Nigeria members and the Nigerian Army in Kaduna state where it was alleged that Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Buratai Tukur escaped an assassination attempt.
The investigative panel with members drawn from the ad-hoc committees on Defence, Judiciary and National Security and Intelligence will try to unravel circumstances behind the incidence which led to loss of lives and valuable properties as well as sparking violent protests in the city.
The Senate’s unanimous decision was announced after a closed-door session that lasted almost an hour on Wednesday.
The sect’s leader, El Zakzarky and his wife are reportedly being held in custody by the Nigerian Army, with scores of the wounded on both sides undergoing treatment.
By Olisemeka Obeche