Absence of El-Zakzaky Stalls Proceedings of Commission of Inquiry Again

The Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by the Kaduna State Government over the December 12, 2015 clash between the Military and the Islamic Movement in Zaira was again unable to proceed, Wednesday.
Kaduna State Government had set up inquiry to unravel the circumstances that led to the clash between the Nigerian Army and the Movement, which claimed thousands of lives of the Movement.
Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai had said that the report from the Commission of inquiry would go a long way in knowing who was actually wrong that day.

At the resumed sitting, leader of the set, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky was absent, thus forcing the panel to adjourn again till Monday, February 29
Counsel for the IMN, Maxwel Kyon, who appeared before the Commission, pleaded for two weeks adjournment to enable him gain access to Shiekh El-Zakzaky, saying he has been able to see the leader, the assignment he said he would accomplish in two weeks.
Counsel for the Nigerian Army didn’t oppose the plea, saying it was in the interest of justice to give the IMN the opportunity to appear before the Commission after he was asked if he agreed to the plea by the chairman of the panel.
But one of the counsels for the Commission, Usman Yunus Ustaz (SAN), objected to the plea, arguing that two weeks was too long a time, since the panel had only six weeks to conclude with the sitting.
The Commission’s Chairman, Justice Muhammadu Lawal Garba, rather than grant two weeks said, the Commission was adjourning till February 29.
The Chairman cautioned the Counsel to IMN that whether he is able to get access to El-Zakzaky or not, he should report back to the Commission so that Commission can continue with the proceedings.
When the Commission first sat on Monday, it had to be adjourned till Wednesday for according to the Chairman, “…because of the absence of one party involved in the inquiry.”
Shi’ite members have refused to appear before the Judicial Commission of Inquiry on the that left over sixty persons killed and several others injured, stressing that they will only appear if they have access to their leader, who will direct them on whether or not to appear.

Author: News Editor

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