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US Faults FG On Soldiers Indicted In Army, Shi'ites’ Clash by Onyocha: 10:36am On May 30, 2018
US faults FG on soldiers indicted in Army, Shi’ites’ clash

The United States on Tuesday noted that there was no record that the Nigerian or military authorities had demanded accountability from the soldiers implicated in the December 2015 clash between the Army and members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria led by Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

The US stated this in the International Religious Freedom Report for 2017 released by the Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labour.

The report also noted that the Nigerian government continued to hold El-Zakzaky and restrict the free movement and association of his followers.

It read, “Human rights groups continued to report the Federal Government often failed to prevent, quell, or respond to violence affecting religious groups, particularly in the North Eastern and central regions of the country.

“In November, Kano State police fired tear gas and bullets, killing three members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria during its annual Ashura procession.


“The government continued to detain the leader of the IMN, the country’s largest Shia group, and restrict the activities, free movement, and free association of its members.

“There were no reports of accountability for soldiers implicated in the December 2015 clash between the army and IMN members that, according to a Kaduna State Government report and reports from non-government observers, left at least 348 IMN members and one soldier dead, with IMN members buried in a mass grave.”

It, however, alleged that dozens of IMN members were still being held since December 2015, charged with the death of the soldier.

It recalled that in August, the then Acting President Yemi Osinbajo announced the creation of a Presidential Investigative Panel that was committed to transparently and credibly investigating human rights abuses committed by the military.

It said the IMN, however, publicly stated that it would boycott the panel because it doubted its sincerity.

External human rights observers, it noted, also expressed concern over the lack of transparency and rigour of the panel.

The report noted that the Nigerian government had yet to obey court orders on the detained El-Zakzaky and his wife.

“The government stated publicly that Sheikh El-Zakzaky, leader of the IMN and a prominent Shia cleric, would remain in what it said was ‘protective custody’ pending the appeal of the December 2016 decision of the Federal High Court in Abuja that the government must release him.

“At year’s end, El-Zakzaky remained in prison.

“The court also ruled that the government must provide him with a house and pay him and his wife restitution of N25m ($69,600) by January 15; at year’s end, the court’s order had yet to be followed,” it said.

The report also indicated that terrorist organisation, Boko Haram, and its splinter organisation, the Islamic State-West Africa, continued “carrying out numerous attacks, committing mass killings, and targeting civilians. “

It quoted Nigeria Watch as estimating that activities by Boko Haram and ISIS-WA resulted in the deaths of 1,794 persons in 2017, including members of the two groups.

The Ministry of Defence’s spokesman, Charles Nwodo, said he could not comment on the report till Wednesday (today), when he would be back to the office.

“Defer the report till tomorrow. I will be back to the office by then.”

Nwodo declined further comment.

Meanwhile, the Director of Information, Defence Headquarters, Brig. Gen. John Agim, could not be reached for comment as his line rang out.

Also, a text message sent to his phone had yet to be replied as of the time of filing this report.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Texas Chukwu, also could not be reached for comment as of press time.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs could not be reached for comment as the minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, did not respond to calls. He had yet to reply to a text message as of the time of filing this report.

The MFA spokesman, Tope Elias-Fatile, could also not be reached as calls to his phone indicated that he was unavailable.



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Re: US Faults FG On Soldiers Indicted In Army, Shi'ites’ Clash by Bethel4Life(f): 10:52am On May 30, 2018
OK
Re: US Faults FG On Soldiers Indicted In Army, Shi'ites’ Clash by Rickyzagy(m): 10:59am On May 30, 2018
You will hear that thousands match on the streets in support of the army and in condemning US.

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Re: US Faults FG On Soldiers Indicted In Army, Shi'ites’ Clash by dealslip(f): 11:01am On May 30, 2018
Wow not one of the spokesmen could be reached. They know they won't be able to defend Buhari's government without having to tell obvious lies.

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Re: US Faults FG On Soldiers Indicted In Army, Shi'ites’ Clash by SalamRushdie: 11:01am On May 30, 2018
Human rights have gone to the dogs under Buhari

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Re: US Faults FG On Soldiers Indicted In Army, Shi'ites’ Clash by obonujoker(m): 11:08am On May 30, 2018
So this is why they are clamouring for Nigeria's exit from the ICC. ..... but they have failed... Nigeria will continue to be in the ICC.....

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Re: US Faults FG On Soldiers Indicted In Army, Shi'ites’ Clash by Ogonimilitant(m): 11:17am On May 30, 2018
God Bless America
God Bless Biafra
God Bless Israel
god bless Nigeria

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Re: US Faults FG On Soldiers Indicted In Army, Shi'ites’ Clash by Lipscomb(m): 11:17am On May 30, 2018
USA my foot.what concern them about Nigeria government? Sometime USA talking as if all is well with them on 27th 10 people were killed by homicide in Chicago just to mark memorial day.

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Re: US Faults FG On Soldiers Indicted In Army, Shi'ites’ Clash by Omololu007(m): 12:01pm On May 30, 2018
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Re: US Faults FG On Soldiers Indicted In Army, Shi'ites’ Clash by Omololu007(m): 12:02pm On May 30, 2018
Lipscomb:
USA my foot.what concern them about Nigeria government? Sometime USA talking as if all is well with them on 27th 10 people were killed by homicide in Chicago just to mark memorial day.
first they came for the socialist,and I didn't speak out cause I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionist,and I didn't speak because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,and I did not speak out cause I was not a Jew.
And then they came for me,but there is no one else left to speak for me.

Pastor Martin Niemoller

without the USA, countries like Nigeria will still be under the military régime.
Omololu007

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Re: US Faults FG On Soldiers Indicted In Army, Shi'ites’ Clash by magoo10(m): 12:25pm On May 30, 2018
What we have in power today is a tyrant who have no value for human rights . tomorrow they and their evil group will start harassing Amnesty international because they are getting exposed by the day or how else do one explain the open display of disdain and disrespect for court orders.

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Re: US Faults FG On Soldiers Indicted In Army, Shi'ites’ Clash by lilfreezy: 1:12pm On May 30, 2018
Northerner military will carry weapons and commit crimes against humanity and make southern military personnel their media spokesman to be defending grin

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Re: US Faults FG On Soldiers Indicted In Army, Shi'ites’ Clash by Bustincole(m): 1:13pm On May 30, 2018
Okay
Re: US Faults FG On Soldiers Indicted In Army, Shi'ites’ Clash by Sirpaul(m): 1:13pm On May 30, 2018
hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
Re: US Faults FG On Soldiers Indicted In Army, Shi'ites’ Clash by nabegibeg: 1:13pm On May 30, 2018
Onyocha:
US faults FG on soldiers indicted in Army, Shi’ites’ clash

The United States on Tuesday noted that there was no record that the Nigerian or military authorities had demanded accountability from the soldiers implicated in the December 2015 clash between the Army and members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria led by Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

The US stated this in the International Religious Freedom Report for 2017 released by the Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labour.

The report also noted that the Nigerian government continued to hold El-Zakzaky and restrict the free movement and association of his followers.

It read, “Human rights groups continued to report the Federal Government often failed to prevent, quell, or respond to violence affecting religious groups, particularly in the North Eastern and central regions of the country.

“In November, Kano State police fired tear gas and bullets, killing three members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria during its annual Ashura procession.


“The government continued to detain the leader of the IMN, the country’s largest Shia group, and restrict the activities, free movement, and free association of its members.

“There were no reports of accountability for soldiers implicated in the December 2015 clash between the army and IMN members that, according to a Kaduna State Government report and reports from non-government observers, left at least 348 IMN members and one soldier dead, with IMN members buried in a mass grave.”

It, however, alleged that dozens of IMN members were still being held since December 2015, charged with the death of the soldier.

It recalled that in August, the then Acting President Yemi Osinbajo announced the creation of a Presidential Investigative Panel that was committed to transparently and credibly investigating human rights abuses committed by the military.

It said the IMN, however, publicly stated that it would boycott the panel because it doubted its sincerity.

External human rights observers, it noted, also expressed concern over the lack of transparency and rigour of the panel.

The report noted that the Nigerian government had yet to obey court orders on the detained El-Zakzaky and his wife.

“The government stated publicly that Sheikh El-Zakzaky, leader of the IMN and a prominent Shia cleric, would remain in what it said was ‘protective custody’ pending the appeal of the December 2016 decision of the Federal High Court in Abuja that the government must release him.

“At year’s end, El-Zakzaky remained in prison.

“The court also ruled that the government must provide him with a house and pay him and his wife restitution of N25m ($69,600) by January 15; at year’s end, the court’s order had yet to be followed,” it said.

The report also indicated that terrorist organisation, Boko Haram, and its splinter organisation, the Islamic State-West Africa, continued “carrying out numerous attacks, committing mass killings, and targeting civilians. “

It quoted Nigeria Watch as estimating that activities by Boko Haram and ISIS-WA resulted in the deaths of 1,794 persons in 2017, including members of the two groups.

The Ministry of Defence’s spokesman, Charles Nwodo, said he could not comment on the report till Wednesday (today), when he would be back to the office.

“Defer the report till tomorrow. I will be back to the office by then.”

Nwodo declined further comment.

Meanwhile, the Director of Information, Defence Headquarters, Brig. Gen. John Agim, could not be reached for comment as his line rang out.

Also, a text message sent to his phone had yet to be replied as of the time of filing this report.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Texas Chukwu, also could not be reached for comment as of press time.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs could not be reached for comment as the minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, did not respond to calls. He had yet to reply to a text message as of the time of filing this report.

The MFA spokesman, Tope Elias-Fatile, could also not be reached as calls to his phone indicated that he was unavailable.



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Re: US Faults FG On Soldiers Indicted In Army, Shi'ites’ Clash by Nobody: 1:13pm On May 30, 2018

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Re: US Faults FG On Soldiers Indicted In Army, Shi'ites’ Clash by Alejoc(m): 1:14pm On May 30, 2018
Same way we fault them for Taliban and innocent lives post in Iran.... Still waiting on them to show us the Wed! shocked sad


The Great Accuser of the World!
Re: US Faults FG On Soldiers Indicted In Army, Shi'ites’ Clash by ozoebuka1(m): 1:14pm On May 30, 2018
People shouting ipob upandan should come and read how messed up this country is

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Re: US Faults FG On Soldiers Indicted In Army, Shi'ites’ Clash by skulgen: 1:14pm On May 30, 2018
We need actions not words

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Re: US Faults FG On Soldiers Indicted In Army, Shi'ites’ Clash by Alejoc(m): 1:15pm On May 30, 2018
Ritaset:
shocked

Even you are not using the USA whatsapp number

grin grin
Re: US Faults FG On Soldiers Indicted In Army, Shi'ites’ Clash by Nobody: 1:15pm On May 30, 2018
Usa doesnt give a hoot. As long as u buy weapons dem no send u. Fake news
Re: US Faults FG On Soldiers Indicted In Army, Shi'ites’ Clash by obajoey(m): 1:16pm On May 30, 2018
anybody with a superpower that can just send me to Canada, abeg na cry

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Re: US Faults FG On Soldiers Indicted In Army, Shi'ites’ Clash by Alejoc(m): 1:17pm On May 30, 2018
Ritaset:


Says who?


Your contact on your advert grin
Re: US Faults FG On Soldiers Indicted In Army, Shi'ites’ Clash by NaijaMutant(f): 1:18pm On May 30, 2018
grin
Re: US Faults FG On Soldiers Indicted In Army, Shi'ites’ Clash by BanevsJoker(m): 1:18pm On May 30, 2018
Omololu007:
first they came for the socialist,and I didn't speak out cause I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionist,and I didn't speak because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,and I did not speak out cause I was not a Jew.
And then they came for me,but there is no one else left to speak for me.

Pastor Martin Niemoller

without the USA, countries like Nigeria will still be under the military régime.
Omololu007
Sad that the same military came back to rule as civilians.

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Re: US Faults FG On Soldiers Indicted In Army, Shi'ites’ Clash by Nobody: 1:19pm On May 30, 2018
lipsrsealed
Re: US Faults FG On Soldiers Indicted In Army, Shi'ites’ Clash by Emmybriann(m): 1:20pm On May 30, 2018
They are observing the seat at home order that is why they are not reachable for comments

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