By Alex Okoro and Nsikak Evans

OrderPaperToday – Both the senate and House of Representatives Wednesday constituted joint committees to investigate the clash between the army and Shiite Islamic sect in Zaria last weekend.

Rising from a closed door session which lasted about 2 hours, the senate constituted an adhoc committee to look into the clash.

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The senate joint committee is made up of its committees on Defence, Intelligence and National Security‎, Foreign Affairs and Police Affairs.

The senate however sued for peace among the parties involved until investigation has been concluded.

The House of Representatives on the other hand, directed its standing Committees on Defence and Interior to meet with top echelon of security agencies in the country so as to unravel the cause of the Saturday clash.

In a statement made available to House of Representatives’ correspondents on Wednesday, Speaker Yakubu Dogara urged the committees to do a thorough job considering the sensitive nature of the matter and the current security situation in the country.

Dogara however urged Nigerians to be calm and peaceful stressing that a full brief by the assigned committees will be made after report on the investigation must have been concluded and submitted to the House.

According to the official accounts of the military on the clash, members of the Shiite group blocked the route of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Burutai thus prompting a confrontation with soldiers on the convoy.

The army claims that the group attacked  the motorcade with ‘crude weapons’ and fearing that the life of the army chief may have been in danger, lethal force was used to clear a route of escape for the army chief.

But that was not the height of the violence as the military claims that in a bid to maintain peace, soldiers went to known Shiite bases in the city where it claimed the members of group were ‘mobilizing and attacking security forces’. The army reported the incident as an attempt to assassinate the army chief.



  1. The military think that civilians lives are not worth a shot in the air. Some thing serious has to be done about both parties. Please do some thing about it as quick as possible.
    That was a good move by the NASS.


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