National Human Rights Commission Tells FG To Settle With El-Zakzaky’s Group


The National Human Rights Commission(NHRC) has expressed concern over the constant conflict between the Islamic Movement of Nigeria(IMN) and security agencies, which have resulted in loss of lives and destruction of property.

The commission, in a statement,yesterday in Abuja,urged the Federal Government to negotiate with the group.

The death of the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, (FCT) Command, DCP Usman Umar,a Channels Television journalist, Precious Owolabi, some protesters and others who sustained various degrees of injury in the recent incident, calls for serious and urgent action to address the situation.

The statement signed by the director of Corporate Affairs and External Linkages at (NHRC) Mr. Lambert Oparah, read that the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, has viewed with great concern of the continuous clashes between the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, (IMN), and the security agencies, which have resulted in the loss of lives and properties.

The Executive Secretary of the commission,Mr. Tony Ojukwu, condoled with the families of victims, who lost their loved ones on Monday as a result of the clash between the protesting IMN members and the Police in Abuja.

The Executive Secretary restated the commission’s call on government and the leaders of the Islamic Movement to consider dialogue as the best option in this conflict.

The NHRC has been at the forefront of finding solution to the prolonged conflict between the IMN and the government over the conflict that has lasted for more than four years.

In a crisis of this nature, human right is usually the casualty and as a national institution for the promotion and protection of human rights, the commission is very concerned that this conflict, if not handled peacefully may result in monumental human rights and humanitarian crises.

The commission has called for speedy trail of the Shi’ite leader, El-Zakzaky and government to ensure he receives adequate treatment against the consistent claim by his supporters of his state of health.

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