A Nigerian court ruled Friday, July 30, as the date for the start of the murder trial of Nigerian Islamic Movement (IMN) leader Ibrahim el Zakzaky, who was arrested after clashes in Kaduna in 2015.
El Zakzaky and his wife Zeenat were detained without charge for two years, although they were eventually accused of murder in April 2018 after the death of a military man after a suspected attack on Tukur Buratai’s army chief’s convoy.
Lawyers for the leader of IMN, Nigeria’s main Shiite group, have called for the indictment to be stopped and the long term without charge to be sentenced, the Nigerian newspaper Vanguard reported.
The incidents in Kaduna triggered a wave of army oppression that killed around 350 people, most of them members of the IMN, which was declared a terrorist organization in July 2019 after the clashes in the capital. , Abuja, during protests demanding the release of El Zakzaky.