The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has confirmed that it is looking into the alleged illegal killing of 492 Shiites by the army and the police in several clashes between 2014 and 2018.
The confirmation was contained in a letter dated November 7, 2018 and signed by Valerie Duruh in response to a petition sent by human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN).
In a copy of the letter seen by The Guardian, Duruh, a staff of the commission, stated: “The complaint is receiving attention. You will be informed of the outcome of our investigation on the matter in due course.”
Falana had complained that “in spite of the duty imposed on the Federal Government to respect the fundamental rights of every person living in Nigeria, the army and police had embarked on systematic infringements on the rights of the Shiites to life, personal liberty, fair hearing, freedom of expression, freedom of religion, freedom of association and assembly.”
The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (Shiites) claim no fewer than 50 of their members were killed in the recent clashes with security operatives in the nation’s capital, Abuja last month.
They were protesting for the release of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El Zakzaky, who has been in detention since December 2015.