Shi’ite Leader, El-Zakzaky Not In Our Custody- Army

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen.
Tukur Buratai, has disclosed that the arrested Shi’ite sect leader, Sheikh
Ibrahim El-Zak-Zaky, is no longer in the custody of the Army.
Buratai said this when he met with
a delegation from the Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) at
the Army Headquarters in Abuja yesterday.
“As a responsible and law abiding
organisation, we will do all that we can to always safeguard lives and
property. As for the whereabouts of the
Shi’ite leader, he is not in our custody; he has been handed over to the
appropriate authorities for prosecution because we don’t prosecute. What happened was avoidable and
unfortunate, we followed the rules of engagement as enshrined in the
constitution but what happened still happened,” he said.

Buratai also dismissed claims in some
quarters that the Army was after members of the sect.

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