Police arraign 60 Shi’ite members in Abuja

Police arraign 60 Shi’ite members in Abuja

Police have arraigned 60 members of the outlawed members of the proscribed Islamic Movement of Nigeria, (IMN) also known as Shi’ite Group have been arraigned before an FCT High Court. The members who were arrested during the July 22, 2019 protest in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), were charged to court by the FCT Command

Police have arraigned 60 members of the outlawed members of the proscribed Islamic Movement of Nigeria, (IMN) also known as Shi’ite Group have been arraigned before an FCT High Court.

Pic. 11. Security personnel evacuate a victim of the violent protest by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (a.k.a Shiites) in Abuja on Monday (22/7/19). The Shiites are demanding the release of their leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, who has been in detention for alleged murder since Dec. 2015. 04771/22/7/2019/Hogan Bassey/BJO/NAN

The members who were arrested during the July 22, 2019 protest in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), were charged to court by the FCT Command of the Nigerian Police and all entered a not guilty plea to the charges which border on homicide, disturbances of public peace and destruction of government properties.

The protest which took place within the Central Business District of Abuja on July 22nd 2019, left a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Usman Umar and Precious Owolabi a corps member with Channels Television dead.

The defendants who claim not to understand the English Language had the charges read to them in Hausa Language.

The Prosecution Counsel, Simon Laounge urged the court to remand the defendants at the correctional yard of the Nigerian Prisons in Kuje having being held in custody by the special anti-robbery squad.

He also urged the court to move its sitting to Kuje due to logistical reasons.

The defence counsel, Bala Dakum did not oppose the prosecutors’ request but told the court that he intends to move a bail application.

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The trial judge, Justice Sulaiman Belgore remanded the defendants in SARS custody until December 10 when bail application will be heard and the Police.

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