The Kaduna State High Court has delayed the passing of judgement in the “no-case” submission entered by the defence lawyers in the case filed by the Kaduna State government against the last batch of members of the Islamic Movement being detained since December 2015 following the heinous attacks by the Nigerian Army in Zaria.
Reason given for the delay is that the Judge has not completed the writing of her judgment and would therefore not sit today. The 100 members of the Islamic Movement, who had earlier been brought to court had to be returned to prison disappointed.
Judgement was earlier fixed for today, which would have concluded the four-year legal battle, in which the Kaduna state government was trying over 200 members of the Islamic Movement after the heinous Zaria genocide perpetrated by the Nigerian Army in December 2015 that led to the killing of over a thousand innocent souls, and a secret mass grave burial.
The survivors of that horrendous attack were falsely charged by the Kaduna government of sundry offences, including that of culpable homicide, punishable by death.
A Kaduna State High Court had earlier discharged and acquitted about a hundred others who stood trial for the same charges since the 31st of July, 2018. It was expected that the same fate awaited the remaining 100 people whose case had dragged on for a further year and a half, especially as no further evidence had been brought forward, and the prosecution had been unable to prove its case.
With this delay, a new date is to be taken by the lawyers to enable the judge to deliver her judgment.