File photo of Shiite members being dispersed with tear gas. imnig.org

The United States says there was no record that the federal government had demanded accountability from the soldiers indicted in the December 2015 clash between the Army and members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).

The US stated this on Tuesday in the International Religious Freedom Report for 2017 released by the Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labour.

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The report also noted that the Nigerian government continued to hold IMN leader Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and restrict the free movement and association of his followers.

It read, “Human rights groups continued to report the Federal Government often failed to prevent, quell, or respond to violence affecting religious groups, particularly in the North Eastern and central regions of the country.

“In November, Kano State police fired tear gas and bullets, killing three members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria during its annual Ashura procession.

“The government continued to detain the leader of the IMN, the country’s largest Shia group, and restrict the activities, free movement, and free association of its members.

“There were no reports of accountability for soldiers implicated in the December 2015 clash between the army and IMN members that, according to a Kaduna State Government report and reports from non-government observers, left at least 348 IMN members and one soldier dead, with IMN members buried in a mass grave.”

It, however, alleged that dozens of IMN members were still being held since December 2015, charged with the death of the soldier.

The report also noted that the Nigerian government had yet to obey court orders on the detained El-Zakzaky and his wife.