The Zazzau Emirate Development Association ZEDA has testified against the Shiites at the Kaduna Judicial Commission of Inquiry on the Army/Shi’ites clash.
According to the Chairman of ZEDA, Mohammed Balarabe, the Shiites “always hold the entire emirate council including the community hostage during their processions. In most cases, we don’t go out and we are forced to stay indoors.”
“The Shiites take laws into their hands and are always in the habit of shutting down the roads while holding their procession,” he said.
Balarabe also said that before last December’s clash with the Nigerian Army, the Shiites had clashed with former officials of previous governments, the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, and a former governor of Kaduna State, Mukhtar Yero.
“We are familiar with the movement’s actions for over 40 years of its existence. And as someone who schooled in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, we know where the shoe pinches.
Whenever we heard they had an outing, we stayed away because it would bring untold hardship on the people. They usually shut the roads. They have outings on Thursday and we shun the roads to avoid confrontations.” he said.