Army-Shi’ites Clash: Residents of Gyellesu Urged To Return Home
Following the clashes between the Nigerian Army and Islamic Movement of Nigeria (Shi’ites) in Zaria, the Kaduna state government has urged residents of Gyellesu area, where the clash occurred, to return home.
A statement by Samuel Aruwan, the spokesman to the Kaduna state governor, further assured the returning residents of their safety as security measures have been put in place for their comfort.
It stated that, “it became clear that a number of buildings and other property had been damaged. The debris at the Husainiyah, in Gyellesu, and other locations constituted a danger to public safety.”
It added that relevant agencies are evacuating the debris, removing dangerous materials such as twisted metal and glass shard, noting that some of the structures that were damaged at the sites of the clashes were deemed to be structurally unsound, and were also subsequently removed.
In the course of the debris evacuation, three corpses of the Shi’ite members were recovered from debris at Dambo village; two others were rescued alive after spending three days under the rubble at Husainiyah, while one person was pulled out alive from the Gyellesu site, all in Zaria.
“With the measures taken to search for, and to rescue, people trapped in the rubble, evacuate corpses and remove dangerous debris, the sites of the clashes are no longer sources of peril to their communities. Residents are assured that they can safely resume their legitimate pursuits,” it added.
The clash between the soldiers and members of Shi’ites happened between 12 and 13 December 28, 2015, and has left many dead and others injured. During the crisis, the Army demolished some structures belonging to the Shi’ites in Zaria.