I tend to think the massacre figures do not seem to be backed up with substantial info.
**Shiite Muslim Sect Alleges Massacre by Nigeria’s Military **
KADUNA, Nigeria — Representatives of a Shiite Muslim sect in northwestern Nigeria said on Tuesday that hundreds of its members were killed by the military in a massacre over the weekend.
The government has disputed the death toll, acknowledging that at least seven members of the sect were killed but refusing to provide updated casualty figures. Still, the killings appeared to add a dangerous new dimension to the sectarian violence that has long bedeviled Nigeria.
The government has been battling an insurgency in northeastern Nigeria by Boko Haram, a Sunni Muslim extremist group, for years. Shiites, by contrast, are a tiny minority of the country’s Muslims.
On Tuesday, a leading human rights advocate called the killings of members of the Shiite sect a “massacre,” while the Iranian news media reported that Iran’s government, which sees itself as a protector of Shiites worldwide, had demanded an explanation.
Abdullahi Tumburkai, a Shiite journalist, said he had counted more than 830 bodies in the mortuary in Zaria, the headquarters of the sect, which calls itself the Islamic Movement in Nigeria.
A spokesman for the sect, Ibrahim Musa, said that as many as 1,000 of its members had been killed, and accused the army of covering up the death toll, saying that soldiers had been taking the bodies of the dead to an “unknown destination.”
At a news conference here on Monday, an army commander, Maj. Gen. Adeniyi Oyebade, said that soldiers opened fire on Saturday after members of the sect threatened a convoy that was taking the army’s chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, on an official visit to an emir in the region.
Very horrible story, I don’t know what to make of it, alleging the national Nigerian army killed up to 1,000 Shi’ites but it is in a very mainstream source.
And then, compare it to:
Four killed as police open fire on Shiite protesters in Nigeria**
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has telephoned his Nigerian counterpart Muhammadu Buhari to protest the crackdown on Shiites and call for an investigation, according to media reports.
Amnesty International on Tuesday also backed an inquiry.
“An impartial investigation is urgently needed into these killings. Anyone responsible for unlawful killings should be brought to justice,” the rights group said.
Nigeria’s National Human Rights Commission said it has set up a panel to investigate the clashes between the army and the Shiite Muslims with a view to preventing a recurrence.