The prosecution has today closed its submission in the case involving 91 members of the Islamic Movement arrested during the Zaria massacre and charged before various courts in Kaduna, which resumed sitting today 10th January, 2018.
In the resumed sitting in which a total of 91 people arrested since the Zaria massacre are standing trial before Justice Nyoms of the Kaduna state High Court for alleged offences including that of culpable homicide among others, the prosecution said they had no other witness to call, thereby effectively closing its case. Over 70 witnesses have been called and several exhibits, mainly statements of the members of the Movement were tendered.
The court adjourned sitting to 27th February, 2018 when it is expected that the defense team will enter a “no case submission”.
The case had dragged for far too long because of the prosecution’s slow pace of presenting its witnesses. That prompted the trial Judgeat a time to instruct them to ensure that they prepare to present all their remaining witnesses on resumption.
In the last two sittings, the witnesses have been giving contradictory evidence at the trial. While one suggested that it was possible that the corpse of Dan Kaduna allegedly killed by the accused during the Zaria incidence was partially decomposed and might have indeed died before the 12 December date of the alleged crime, the principal witness in the case told the court that he was told Dan Kaduna was killed by friendly fire.
We will keep you informed on developments in this regards.