The government of Kaduna State on Monday revealed that 347 persons were killed during the December 12 Shiite/Nigerian Army clash in Zaria.

Making this disclosure at the ongoing public hearing of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the clash, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Balarabe Lawal, Lawal, who led six government witnesses before the panel, said that 191 corpses were taken from the Nigerian Army Depot, Zaria, and were buried in Mando area in Kaduna.

The SSG added that 156 corpses were also conveyed from Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, ABUTH, Zaria, to the same Mando area.

The state government added that the corpses were committed into a mass grave at the Mando area jointly supervised by the state government officials and about 40 men of the Nigerian Army, led by an officer with the rank of a Major.

He also revealed that 189 suspects were being prosecuted for alleged involvement in the Zaria crisis while one suspect had died in custody.

He said the state government had received several security reports from the Directorate of State Service, DSS, on the activities of the movement.

‘The mass burial was authorised by a warrant of burial obtained from a Kaduna Chief Magistrate’s Court in Kaduna.’

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