The Islamic Human Rights Commission based in the United Kingdom in March of 2016 reported the Zaria massacre to the International Criminal Court.

“The organisation also asked the ICC to investigate the emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, and the emir of Zaria, Shehu Idris, for human rights violation and crimes against humanity over the alleged killing of at least 1,000 followers of the Shi’ite group led by Ibrahim El-Zakzaky. Other army officers and persons the IHRC asked the ICC to probe for their roles in the massacre are: spokesperson of the Nigerian Army, Sani Usman, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Nigerian Army, Kaduna, Adeniyi Oyebade, the Commander Nigerian Depot, Chief of Defence Staff, Abayomi Olonisakin, Director Military Intelligence, Chief of Defence intelligence – AVM Riku Morgan, AK Ibrahim – Commander 1 Division Garrison, Nigerian Army, Kaduna and Col. F.M Babayo. The rest are Capt Ben, Adjutant Depot, Nigerian Army; Adeniyi Oyebade, General Officer Commanding, 1 Division Garrison Kaduna; Umar Labdo; Sambo Rigachukun; Bala Lau; Yahaya Jingir and; Kabir Gombe.” Read more


Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) have dragged the Federal Government to the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice in Abuja over “failure to prevent, account for and investigate killings, raping, maiming of Nigerians and other residents, and destruction of property across the country by herdsmen, the military and police.” Read more

Nigeria Federal High Court

The Leader the Shi’ite Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, on Monday instituted a suit in the Federal High Court against the federal government and the Nigerian military challenging his detention. Mr. El-Zakzaky was arrested in December after a siege on his residence in Zaria, Kaduna State by soldiers. Several members of the group were also killed in the clash with the military. In the motion, Mr. Elzakzachy prayed the court to compel the enforcement of his fundamental rights, stressing that his detention for over five months without trial was illegal. Read more

Kaduna Judicial Commission Of Inquiry

The Federal government of Nigeria entrusted the implicated Kaduna state government in the only government instituted inquiry into the Zaria massacre. The Judicial panel submitted its report to the Kaduna state government on the 15th of December. The report is yet to be made public. A nine-member whitepaper panel has against been constituted to make recommendations based on the report. It is to submit its recommendations in two weeks.