Court acquits 91 shi’ites after spending nearly 5 years in prison
The Kaduna High Court has granted a no-case submission on charges against 91 Islamic Movement in Nigeria, (IMN).
The IMN members also known as shi’ites were detained in 2015 for culpable homicide.
The crime in which the IMN members were charged for is punishable by death.
Presiding over the case, Justice Hajaratu Gwada said the Kaduna State government has failed to prove their case beyond reasonable doubt.
Meanwhile the leader of the IMN, SHEIKH El-Zakzaky is still in DSS custody on similar charges.
Court acquits 91 shi’ites
He was Arrested by the Nigerian Army in his house on the 13th of December 2015.
During the arrest, Zakzaky’s son, Sayyid Aliyu and many members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) were killed, according to reports.
The Nigerian army said he was arrested in response to an assassination attempt by his followers on the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Buratai.
During the Pro-Palestinian rally in July 2015, 34 protesters were reportedly killed by the Nigerian soldiers, three undergraduate sons of Zakzaky were among those killed.
The Nigerian army said the motorcade transporting Lt General Tukur Buratai was blocked by members of Shi’ite before troops responded with force.