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Published On: Thu, Nov 28th, 2019

60 Shi’ites arraigned for homicide, public disturbance

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By Vivian Okejeme, Abuja

The Police, yesterday, arraigned 60 members of the proscribed Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN)before a Federal Capital Territory High Court.
The members of the group popularly known as Shi’ites, were arrested during the July 22, protest in the Central Business District Abuja. A protest which left a Deputy Commissioner of Police , Usman Umar and one Precious Owolabi a Corps member with channels television dead.
According to the prosecution, the charge preferred against them bothers on homicide, disturbances of public peace and destruction of government properties.
The defendants, who claimed not to understand English, pleaded not guilty when the charges was read to them in Hausa language.
Sequel to not guilty plea, the prosecution counsel, Simon Laoung pray the court to remand the defendants in correctional yard in Kuje having being held in custody by the SARs previously.
He also urged the court to move its sitting to Kuje due to logistics.
In his reaction, the defence counsel, Bala Dakum did not oppose the prosecutors’ request but told the court that he intend to move a bail application.
The trial judge, Justice Sulaiman Belgore remanded the defendants in SARs custody till 10th of December when bail application and venue of trial will be heard.

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