The Kaduna State government on Tuesday arraigned the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shi’ites, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky before a state High Court.
The IMN leader and his wife were arraigned on an eight-count charge of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, disturbance of public peace, among other.
They were brought to the court from Abuja, in two black Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) amid tight security.
At the commencement of the hearing, the defence counsel, Maxwell Kyon, made an oral application for the couple on grounds that they had been in detention for over two years without trial.
Justice Kurada, however, refused the oral application and told him to rather file a written application which would be heard before or on the next adjourned date.
Consequently, the trial judge adjourned the case till June 21, 2018.
Police confirm arrest of another 60 Shiites in FCT
Meanwhile, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command has confirmed the arrest of 60 members of the IMN during a violent protest on Monday in Abuja.
The group had defied warning from the police and staged the violent protest to demand for the release of El-Zakzaky.
The spokesman of the police in the FCT, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, confirmed the arrest to newsmen on Tuesday at the Garki Hospital.
Manzah was in the hospital to see how the two personnel of the command, who sustained varied degree of injuries while dispersing the protesters, were recuperating.
They are SP Linus Ogah, who had bruises on his face and could hardly speak or open his eyes, and Inspector Mary Ameh, who sustained injuries in one of her hands.
The spokesman said that bullet had been removed from Ameh’s hand, adding that the protesters also destroyed some police operational vehicles.
“During the Monday protest, members of IMN or otherwise known as Shiites engaged police and haul stones at police personnel deployed to disperse them.
“They also smashed some vehicle glasses parked around the Federal Secretariat,” he said.
On April 16, the police had arrested 115 members of the sect when they embarked on a similar violent protest to demand that their leader be freed.
Manzah, who said that though citizens had right to protest, advised that they should do that in a “civil manner’’ and not disturb public peace.
He said that the command had taken proactive measures to check violent protest in Abuja. (NAN)