Police arraign 38 Shiite members over NASS protest

Police arraign 38 Shiite members over NASS protest

- The Nigeria Police Force have arraigned 38 members of the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria in various courts

- 10 members of the sect were brought before a magistrate court in Wuse Zone 2, while 28 others were arraigned at a Magistrate court in Wuse Zone 6

- The charges border on criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly, assault and others

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) police command on Thursday, July 11, arraigned 38 members of the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) in various courts in Abuja.

According to Premium Time, 10 members of the sect were brought before a magistrate court in Wuse Zone 2, while 28 others were arraigned at a Magistrate court in Wuse Zone 6.

The defendants, who could not understand English, with the help of an interpreter, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them.

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The charges border on criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly, assault and others.

Following this, the counsel to the defendants, I.A Ishaq, moved a motion praying that his clients be released on bail.

Ishaq also drew the courts attention to the fact that nine of the defendants are minors.

Prior to this, the judge, Raphael Joshua, ordered that the minors be “remanded in a decent facility outside the police cell.”

The judge then adjourned the case to Thursday, July 18 to rule on the bail application.

Meanwhile, the academic forum of the IMN, has denied reports that its members attacked police officers attached to the entrance of the National Assembly.

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The spokesman of the forum, Abdullahi Musa, on Tuesday, July 9 said that police officers at the gate fired live ammunition at protesting members of the sect, killing two and one of their colleagues.

He said it was inconceivable that an unarmed person would attack a fully armed security personnel as being suggested in some quarters.

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