In what is likely to pitch Kaduna State Government and Islamic Movement of Nigeria otherwise known as Shiite reverberated on Thursday, when the government of Mallam Nasir El-Rufai asked a Kaduna High Court to sentence 50 Shiite members to death for allegedly causing the death of a soldier.
At a time their leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky is still in incaceration of the military, the latest move by the Kaduna State Government, many believe will cause hicups.
The five-count charge against the accused is before Justice David Wyom.
They were accused of criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly, culpable homicide, disturbance of public peace and wrongful restrain.
In the petition, the counsel to the government, Bayero Diri, said the offences are punishable under Sections 97, 221, 102, 106 and 225 of the Penal Code Law, Laws of Kaduna State 1991.
The government said the offence was committed between December 12 and 14, 2015 in Zaria.
It alleged that the suspects among other things shot dead Yakubu Dankaduna, a corporal of the Nigerian Army “with a gun when he alighted from the convoy to disperse the IMN members.“.
The prosecution told the court that they intend to present 39 witnesses.
The plea of the accused persons was not taken as the Judge adjourned sitting till May 16.
The 50 suspects were among the 265 persons currently in custody, who were arrested during the Shiites clash with the Army on Dec. 12 and Dec. 14, 2015.
Recall, the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Buratai was confronted with members of the Shi’ite, which led to altercation between the military and members of the movement.
Recently Kaduna State disclosed that more than 300 members of the movement were killed by soldiers during the show down.