After two years of his arrest, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and three other leaders of the group have been charged.

Others standing trial with El-Zakzaky are Mallama Ibrahim, Yakub Katsina and Sanusi Abdulkadir Koki.

They are facing eight counts bordering on culpable homicide, inciting disturbance and promoting unlawful assembly in a case filed by the government of Kaduna State.

The State government had proscribed the group after its members clashed with officials of the Nigerian Army in Kaduna on December 12, 2015 and now it is taking them to court. 

In the document filed at the Kaduna State High Court of Justice, all four defendants were accused of culpable homicide, an offence punishable by death, for causing the death of a soldier, Yakubu Dnakaduna.

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A copy of the charge sheet shows that the state government filed the suit on April 19, 2018.

The first count read:  “That you, Mallam Ibrahim Al-Zakzaky, Mallama Zeenah Ibrahim, Yakub Yahaya Katsina and Sanusi Abdulkadir Koki being leaders of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria on or about the 12th day of December 2015 at Zaria agreed along with other members of the Sect to do an illegal act, to wit: while armed with dangerous weapons such as pistols, guns, dane guns, cutlasses, knives, catapult, axes, clubs and sticks blocked Sokoto Road, Sabon Gari, Zaria and other major roads within the environs and prevented the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff and the general public from gaining access to the roads and same act was done in pursuance of the said agreement and you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 59 of the Penal Code Law of Kaduna State 2017”.

In the second charge the government wrote: “That you, Mallam Ibrahim Al-Zakzaky, Mallama Zeenah Ibrahim, Yakub Yahaya Katsina and Sanusi Abdulkadir Koki being leaders of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria on or about the 12th day of December 2015 at Zaria abetted the commission of the offence of Culpable Homicide punishable with death by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria which offence was committed by blocking Sokoto Road and major Roads in Zaria and its environs while armed with dangerous weapons such as such as pistols, guns, dane guns, cutlasses, knives, catapult, axes, clubs and sticks and in so doing caused the death of one 98NA/46/2900 Cpl Yakubu Dnakaduna of the Nigeria Army in the entourage of the Chief of Army Staff by shooting him with guns when the said 98NA/46/2900 Cpl Yakubu Dankaduna alighted from one of the vehicles in the entourage of the Chief of Army Staff in order to disperse the members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria and clear the road, which offence was committed in consequence of your abetment, and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 47 and punishable under Section 190 of the Penal Code Law of Kaduna State 2017”.

Why it took two years for the government to take the leader of the IMN to court was not explained, but his detention had caused series of protests.

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The latest protest by members of the group occurred on Monday, April 23, as they push for the release of the man who his lawyer, Femi Falana, said had lost an eye and could lose the other.

He had demanded that the man be charged or released when Bounce News had a chat with him months ago.

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