Court frees 87 Zakzaky followers in Kaduna

...as IMN accuses of police of arresting leader, sons in Malumfashi

A Kaduna State High Court has freed 87 members of the Shiitte group Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), according to a statement by the group.

The spokesman of the group, Ibrahim Musa, said in a statement sent to journalists that this is the last batch of the IMN members detained since 2015.

They were arrested following the clash with soldiers in Zaria, which led to the death of about 300 Shiites, according to the Human Rights Watch.

He said this has brought an end to the four-year trial, where Kaduna State government arraigned about 200 members of the Islamic Movement in December 2015.

Musa added that the release of has absolved the members and their leaders of any accusation leveled against them by soldiers.

Dateline Nigeria reports that the group leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife are still facing trial.

Malam Kabeer Imam Malumfashi

Meanwhile, the group has accused the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) of arresting Malam Kabeer Imam Malumfashi, its leader in Malumfashi, Kastina State.

The group said he was arrested along with his two sons Imam and Ali on Friday at his residence in Malumfashi town.

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