Kaduna govt arraigns another 91 Shiites, seeks death sentence

Sheikh Ibrahim El Zakzaky,

Sheikh Ibrahim El Zakzaky,

The Kaduna State Government on Tuesday arraigned another batch of 91 members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) before a Kaduna High Court, seeking death sentence for the accused.

The government had on April 21 arraigned 50 members of the sect on similar charges.

They were among the 266 sect members arrested during the Shiite/Army clash between Dec. 12 and Dec 14, 2015 in Zaria.

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The Shi’a group, Islamic Movement in Nigeria, says over hundreds of its members were killed and secretly buried by soldiers during the clash.

The Kaduna State government said 347 bodies were buried by the army and the state government in the Mando area of Zaria.

NAN reports that 256 of other Shiites arrested by the army are facing charges that attract death sentence, while 10 others are facing other charges in different courts in the state.

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They were arraigned on a five-count charge for criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, disturbance of public peace and wrongful restrain.

Dari Bayero, who led the prosecution, told Justice Hajara Gwadah that the accused persons were being charged “pursuant to Sections 97, 102, 106, 221 and 256 of the Penal Code Law of Kaduna State.

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