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The Kaduna state government on Thursday asked a Kaduna high court to sentence 50 Shiite members to death for allegedly causing the death of a soldier.
Only recently, same Kaduna State Government had announced that 347 persons were killed during the December 12 Shiite/Nigerian Army clash in Zaria.
The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Balarabe Lawal, disclosed this in a government submission at the ongoing Public Hearing of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the clash.
The burial of the victims was done in secret, and this is the first time the state government was explaining how the remains of the killed shiite members were disposed.
The state government had filed a five-count charge against the accused before Justice David Wyom.
It accused them of criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly, culpable homicide, disturbance of public peace and wrongful restrain.
In the petition, Bayero Diri, counsel to the government, said the offences are punishable under Sections 97, 221, 102, 106 and 225 of the penal code law, laws of Kaduna state 1991.
The government said the offence was committed between December 12 and 14, 2015, in Zaria.
It alleged that the suspects, among other things, shot dead one Yakubu Dankaduna, a colonel of the Nigerian army, “with a gun when he alighted from the convoy to disperse the IMN members”.
Section 102 of the penal code prescribes death sentence for such offence.
The prosecution told the court that they intend to present 39 witnesses.
The plea of the accused persons was not taken, as the judge adjourned sitting till May 16.
Fifty suspects were among the 265 persons currently in custody, who were arrested during the Shi’ites clash with the army on December 12 and December 14, 2015.
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