Court Denies Under-aged, sick consideration for bail

By Abdulmumin GiwaMuslimsisters stage rally at NUJ calling for the release of Sheikh Zakzaky

Following the sitting at the Kaduna Magistrate Court today in the case filed against members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN otherwise called the Shi’ite movement, some aspects of the case are moving to the High Court for lack of jurisdiction at the lower court.

Some of the First Information Reports presented before the Kaduna Magistrate against members of the movement include possession of dangerous weapons and attempt to commit culpable homicide both of which are beyond the jurisdiction of the court.

The case which took place inside the Kaduna Prison, where pressmen were disallowed entry was headed by the Magistrate Court Judge Awwal Musa, was further adjourned to the 26th of April 2016 as counsels to the IMN await a notice for mention on the case at the High Court.

Counsel to the state government Barrister Abdullahi Bayero told newsmen that the court has accepted the bail demand filed before it for the sick and under-aged members of the IMN currently being held in Kaduna Prison by their lawyers.

He stated that it is a violation of their right for the sick and under-aged to be held in prison insisting that they are going to be released immediately.

But the lead counsel to the Islamic Movement Barrister Hussaini Ibrahim said the court is yet to consider releasing the sick and the under-aged members of the Movement being held in prison. He however stated that his team has been asked to formalize their demand for their release.

Formalizing the demand for the release of the seriously sick Shi’ites, despite confirmation by the prison’s medical officer, requires getting medical certificates and confirmations from government medical personnel, while the release of the under-aged would require signing of affidavits and other references.

Meanwhile there are members of the Movement being held in prison without any charges against them by the plaintiffs.

Earlier the case was adjourned to this date when the Nigerian Army could not present the said weapons they confiscated from members of the movement saying the weapons were taken to Lagos for forensic investigations.

Though the weapons were not presented before the court today, they were said to have been handed over to the Nigerian police by the Army.

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