The Kaduna State government has confessed to the secret mass burial of hundreds of the victims of mass extra judicial killings of the members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria over one weekend in December 2015 in Zaria.
The confession was made by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Balarabe Abbas while testifying at the Judicial Commission of Inquiry in Kaduna against vehement denial by the Nigerian Army of the existence of any mass grave in relation to the Zaria incident. In fact, then Colonel AK Ibrahim, who authored the Army’s submission to the Commission and led the presentation, had said under oath that the army didn’t kill anyone.
Alhaji Balarabe, who has just been reappointed as the SSG by Governor Elrufai, however, told the Commission that they supervised the secret burial of at least 347 corpses among those killed in Zaria by the army.
He gave a graphic description of how the burial was carried out at night, over six hours in far away Mandi in the outskirts of Kaduna, some 100km from where the killings took place. Clearly, a single mass grave was dug where all the victims were buried irrespective of males or females and without regards to the final funeral rites usually given to Muslims. There was also no attempt at seeking out for their relations in anyway. It was obvious that the government had wanted to hide this crime and reduce the number of victims affected.
Watch that moment of confession of this crime against humanity: