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How I survived Shi’ite Attack in Zaria – COAS

Valentine Chinyem

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General, Tukur Buratai, has described his escaping the Shi’ite attack on his convoy by the will of God.

Speaking during an interview with newsmen shortly after he appeared alongside other security Chiefs before the Senate committee on Defence, he said the Shiite members were violent.

” You want to know how I escaped? It was by the will of God that I was able to escape from that place,” he said.

When asked to give his account of the attack, he says ” I think NTA was there and they aired the clip, it was very clear. They were violent. Definitely this is very clear. The clips are there. That was what happened”.

He urged Nigerians to be law abiding, saying ” nobody should take the law into his hands”.

Meanwhile, the army has sent a petition to the headquarters of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), explaining its own side of the incident.

In the letter dated: December 14, signed by F.U Mijinyawa on behalf of Buratai, the military claimed that over 500 members of the sect attacked the army chief.

The letter said the Shiites barricaded the road where the convoy of Buratai was passing and the protesters intended using “petrol bomb” to attack the convoy.

“Sequel to the above, about seven of the members of the group were shot dead and the COAS directed that the 10 wounded be evacuated to the Depot NA Medical Centre for treatment while all exhibit items such as swords, knives, cell phones are recovered from the scene,” the letter read.