The Kaduna state Director General of Interfaith agency, Namadi Musa, has giving a graphic account of how 357 Shi’ite corpses were buried secretly in the Mando area of Kaduna state with the assistance of the army.
Musa while giving testimony at the judicial commission into the Shi’ite crisis of last December disclosed that he spent five hours conducting mass burial for victims of mainly members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).
According to Musa, the burial took place between 12:30am and 5:30am on December 14, explaining that the bodies comprise 191 from the army depot in Zaria and another 156 from the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) in Shika, Zaria.
In his testimony, he fingered one Major Ogundare, of having arrived the mass grave site in three military trucks loaded with corpses, while he (Musa), had five Mercedes Benz trucks loaded with corpses from ABUTH.
He added that 50 soldiers who accompanied Ogundare off loaded the corpses into the grave.
Adamu Ahmed, head of surgery of ABUTH, alleged that on December 13, the army, along with some policemen invaded the premises of the hospital and took over the mortuary.
He said they chased out workers from the mortuary and prevented access to the place until the next day when they left.
Though the army claimed that only seven person were killed in the incident, which happened after an alleged attempt on the life of Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, the sect has published the list of 705 of its members who they claimed were killed by soldiers.