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After court order for Unconditional Release Of Shi'ite Leader, El-Zakzaky, Kaduna Govt files fresh charge

The Kaduna state government filed an eight-
count charge of homicide against leader of the
Islamic movement of Nigeria, (IMN) Ibrahim El-
Zakzaky, and three others.
The charges were filed on April 18.
El-Zakzaky with Gov. El-Rufai
The defendants are Mr El-Zazaky, Zeenah
Ibrahim, Yakubu Katsina and Sanusi Koki.
The prosecution in the case is the Kaduna
State government.
The first count, the defendants are accused of
allegedly conniving to block the Sokoto Road in
Sabon Gari district, Zaria while they were in
possession of guns, knives and other dangerous
weapons. The offence is punishable under
section 59 of the Kaduna state penal code law,
2017.
Count two of the charge borders on the alleged
commission of homicide. According to the
charge, the IMN members were accused of
killing a military officer, Yakubu Dankaduna,
when the officer alighted from the convoy of
the army chief to disperse the group. The
allegation of homicide is punishable by death,
under section 190 of the same law.
The third count of the charge contains alleged
involvement of the group in unlawful assembly.
According to the charge, the members of the
IMN committed the alleged offence by blocking
Sokoto road, under the guise of performing
religious functions, while the group wielded
dangerous weapons.
Count four of the charge bothers on allegations
of blocking the same road and preventing the
convoy of the Chief of Army Staff from gaining
access.
According to count five, the IMN members are
accused of disturbing public peace by
preventing other residents in the area from
passing the road.
Count six involves an allegation against the
four defendants, of inciting the IMN members
to commit the alleged offence of homicide.
Count seven contains an allegation against the
IMN members for inflicting harm on a military
officer, Faggo Babayo, without provocation;
while count eight contains an allegation of
inciting disturbance of the peace in Zaria.
The latest controversy between the Shiite group
and the Nigerian army began on December 12,
when a convoy of the Nigerian army Chief,
Tukur Buratai, was prevented from accessing
Sokoto Road in the Sabon Gari District of Zaria.
Following the clash, the army under Mr
Buratai’s watch attacked and killed over 300
members of the IMN.
The figure was confirmed by various reports
including outcomes of investigations by the
human rights watch and the Kaduna state
government.
After the clash, Mr El-Zakzaky was arrested
alongside his wife and detained by security
operatives.
Despite a court order for their release in
December 2016, the IMN leaders have remained
in military custody till date.
Shortly after the court ruling, state
governments outlawed the group, banning any
form of gatherings by the IMN members.
Members of the IMN group began a daily
protest early April to demand the release of
their leader who was not charged, despite being
detained for over two years.
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