Nig Army To Appear In Lekki Probe Panel: Watch Out For This Malicious Schemer, Shameless Liar

Reports have it that the Nigerian army has finally agreed to appear before the Judicial Commission of Inquiry looking into the now infamous Lekki massacre of 20th October 2020 after initial refusals. It was learnt that they have filed papers at the Judicial panel’s registry, profiling some top senior army officers as witnesses when they eventually make their appearance. It is however pertinent to alert the world about their modus operandi, the same mode they used during the probe of Zaria massacre, during which they contracted an undercover agent, a…

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Crimes by Nigerian Soldiers: Sexual Harassment, Rape and Female Genital Mutilation of Girls and Women During 2015 Zaria Massacre

The men and officers of the Nigerian army had carried out some grievous crimes against humanity in Zaria between 12th December 2015 and 14th December 2015, targeting members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, especially women and young girls. These crimes include, but not limited to, rape, sexual harassment, and genital mutilation. We review some of the most outstanding and notorious cases: Rape: Witnesses reported that young girls were raped and shot, especially in Hussainiyyah and Darul Rahama. There were reports of other types of sexual assault. Many young girls…

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Zaria massacre reenacted in Lekki massacre; Find the similarities and the differences

After days of extensive reporting, PREMIUM TIMES brought out a clearer picture of what happened at the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20. It was immediately clear that what happened in Lekki was exactly a reenactment of what happened in Zaria between December 12 and 13 2015. REFLECTION-ONLINE looks at the similarities and differences. Lekki: At about 6:45 p.m. on October 20, men in military uniform arrived at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos in three Toyota Hilux vans and almost immediately began shooting into a crowd of peaceful protesters…

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Lekki, Zaria Massacre, The Nigerian Army and Public Confidence

Nigerians have remained not only perplexed, but also in a state of confusion since the Nigerian Army announced recently that it did not kill protesters at Lekki, an issue that has clearly drawn a line between two camps in the country. There is clearly the camp of the Muhammadu Buhari and his supporters on the one hand, and the camp of the supporters and protectors of the protesters on the other hand. It has also come to public knowledge that there is an ingoing independent investigation that has indicted the…

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The Injustice Against El-Zakzaky and the Shiites – By Abdulaziz Abdulaziz

“The most painful thing for me is the culture of silence around this. Yes, Shiites are in the minority and the most unpopular of Muslim populations in northern Nigeria. But is that enough reason for them to be hunted down in this manner? Does anybody think this is okay and normal and nothing will hunt us down the road?” Assume that they indeed blocked the road that the chief of army staff was about passing through and heckled the senior army officers in his motorcade. This was said to be…

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The Shiites and Non-Violent Protests in Nigeria: Lessons for Activists – By Donald C. Benjamin, Ph.D.

Protests are universally recognized as legitimate means of expressing grievances. It involves gathering in large numbers and marching through streets and/or converging in an area to deliver messages through codified slogans, placards, outfits and demonstrations. Governments and their agencies are usually the targets of many protests. Protests can also take the form of demonstrations, processions, rallies or gatherings. In Nigeria, protests are also known mechanisms for driving home demands of various groups across the country. However, what appears to be unique about protests in Nigeria, particularly mass protests, is that…

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Flashback: Islamic Movt Releases Some Faces of Victims of Enforced Disappearances

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria has again published an e-photo album of the faces of some victims of Enforced Disappearances since that heinous Zaria genocide of December 2015 by the Buhari government. Many of these people are believed to be held in secret underground cells and detention centres across the country, but some might have been part of those who were hurriedly secretly buried in a mass shallow grave in Mando in the outskirt of Kaduna and elsewhere. As the ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda said, “the crime of enforced disappearance…

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“I’m detribalized” – Sheikh Zakzaky declares

The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria described himself  as “detribalized.” Shaikh Ibraheem Zakzaky made this declaration in a speech on 20th August, 2012. Speaking against the irrationality of fighting on behalf of the tribe one finds himself, the revered Sheikh said, “I hate the term tribal.” “No one has chosen to belong to any tribe. He only found himself belonging to the tribe and so there is no reason one should fight on the basis of tribe,” the Sheikh stated. Sheikh Zakzaky then declared, “I am detribalized.” Evidently,…

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Throwback: Falana Calls For Prosecution Of Soldiers Who Engaged In Brutal Zaria Massacre Of Dec 2015

The renown human rights lawyer and solicitor to the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Chief Femi Falana, SAN, had called on the Kaduna state Attorney-General and Commissioner of justice to prosecute all the military men that engaged in the brutal massacre of at least 347 members (by the government’s own admission) of the Islamic Movement extra judicially in December, 2015 and buried them hurriedly in mass grave. This was contained in a letter he sent to the Commissioner of Justice of Kaduna state dated 18th July, 2016. Quoting the Commissioner who…

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What Sheikh Zakzaky Told Late Kyari During Condolence Visit In 2014

The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, had spelt out the modus operandi of the Movement to the late CoS to the President, Abba Kyari, when the later paid him a condolence visit in 2014 on the ocassion of the death of his 3 sons killed during the Jonathan’s government. Sheikh Zakzaky said, while welcoming the delegation including the late Kyari, that all he does is to preach with wisdom and self-restraint, and not to use guns. “We only preach. When it comes to preaching, that’s…

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