SHIITE SECT ATTACKS CHIEF OF ARMY STAFF’S CONVOY IN ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT
The Nigerian Army last night confirmed that members of the Shiite Islamic sect Saturday attacked the Chief of Army staff and his convoy on the orders of the group’s leaders, Ibrahim Alzak-zaky as the COAS made for Zaria to attend the passing out parade of 73rd regular intake of Depot, Nigerian Army.
The army added that the attack was a planned assassination attempt on Lt. General Tukur Buratai which was repelled and that the army Chief escaped unhurt.
A statement signed by Col. Sani Usman, Acting Director, Army Public Relations said “The sect numbering hundreds and carrying dangerous weapons, barricaded the roads with bonfires, heavy stones and tyres.
“They refused all entreaties to disperse and then started firing and pelting the convoy with dangerous objects.
“The barricade was obviously a deliberate attempt to assassinate the Chief of Army Staff and members of his entourage while on a legitimate official assignment as Special Guest of Honour at the passing out parade which has earlier been widely publicized.
Continuing it said, “The troops responsible for the safety and security of the Chief of Army Staff on hearing explosion and firing were left with no choice than to defend him and the convoy at all cost as well as open up the barricaded road for law abiding citizens.
“This is in line with the Nigerian Army Rules of Engagement and Code of Conduct.
“This kind of behaviour will not be tolerated from any individual or groups and should not be allowed to repeat itself.
“We wish to implore all Nigerians to continue to be law abiding and remain conscious of other people’s right to life, freedom of movement and passage.
“The Chief of Army escaped unhurt and continued with his duties.
Usman further said “The Shiite Sect on the orders of their leader, Ibrahim Alzak-zaky today (Saturday) afternoon in Zaria attacked the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff while on his way to pay homage on the Emir of Zazzau and attend the Passing Out Parade of 73 Regular Recruits Intake of Depot Nigerian Army, Zaria.”