A Magistrate court sitting in Kaduna this afternoon remanded 189 Shiite Muslims to a Kaduna prison following the Zaria massacre against them.  The massacre took place on December 12, 2015, and was the result of a clash between the Nigerian Army and Shiites under the leadership of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky.

Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky

According to human rights groups the Zaria massacre left hundreds of Shiite Muslims dead, many of whom had their dead bodies abandoned along Kaduna streets or dumped into mass graves. Following the December 12th massacre, the Nigerian Army rampaged for another three days on their Shiite targets eventually destroying religious sites and personal property belonging to Sheikh Zakzaky.

Prison personnel told SaharaReporters that the court session took place in the Kaduna amid tight security within the prison yard.

The Shiites are being remanded for inciting public disturbances, the unlawful and illegal blockage of State and federal roads, and also the illegal possession of dangerous weapons.

The presiding judge, Auwal Aliyu, adjourned the case to March 29, 2016.  Four Shiites who were minors were granted bail.

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