Nigerian government arraigns 189 Shi'ites over clash with Army
Feb 12, Abuja: Two months after the massacre of some members of Islamic Movement of Nigerian known as Shi'ites by Nigerian Military in Zaria, a Kaduna Magistrate Court 1, on wednesday remanded 189 Shi'ites arrested during the clashed.
The clashed occurred on 12-14 of December 2015 when the army accused the shi'ites of setting up illegal checkpoints in their attempt to killed the country's Chief of Army Staff an allegation shi'ites leaders denied.
A commission of Inquiry have been set up by the government to investigate the actual cause of the crisis that claimed over 100 lives of shi'ites members.
The kaduna magistrate court also granted bail to four Shi'ite minors in the sum of one hundred thousand naira each Nigerian currency equivalent to ( 500 USD) and two reliable sureties who will deposit valid means of identification.
The prosecutor, Bayero Dari told the court that Shi'ite members should be remanded in prison custody pending the report of arms and ammunitions recovered from the suspects adding that, the weapons have being sent to Lagos for expert analysis and test which is almost completed.
Dari maintained that, the delay of experts report was due to large weapons recovered from the suspects which would be used as evidence when the trial begins.
"The large arms and ammunitions recovered from the suspects caused the delay of expert report which will be used as evidence against them during trial. Our investigations almost completed.
"Police has already granted administrative bail to women and young offenders. Police handed them over to a credible sureties who will at anytime provide them in court. We are for justice and we will not object granting bail to young offenders," he said.
The Shi'ites lead defence counsel, Useni Ibrahim who applied for bail of young offenders said they will meet the bail conditions and urged the court to begin trial of the suspects.
In his ruling, Chief Magistrate, Auwal Musa Aliyu granted the bail to the minors saying all other suspects should be remanded in prison custody till 29th March, 2016 for further mention.
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