Abuja - The Kaduna State Government is seeking the death sentence for 50 Shi'ite Muslims accused of having caused the death of a soldier.
According to Punch, a five-count charge has been filed against the accused, with the State Government accusing them of criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly, culpable homicide, disturbance of public peace and wrongful restrain.
The Kaduna Government has alleged that the crime took place between December 12 and 14 in Zaria, the battleground for a deadly clash between troops and supports of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN).
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The fifty suspects are said to be among 265 Shi'ites currently in police custody, who were arrested in connection with the clashes.
The plea of the accused persons has not yet been taken, with the sitting being adjourned to May 16.
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