This Friday, 21st February, 2020 —close to 2 years after about 100 members of the Islamic Movement similarly charged were discharged and acquitted and over 4 years since they were first detained — another 100 members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria will know their fate as a Kaduna High Court is set to deliver judgement in the case brought against them following arrest after the heinous Zaria massacre orchestrated by the Nigerian army.
They are standing trial for some sundry offences including culpable homicide punishable by death. The Kaduna state government had arrested them since December 2015 and charged them to court in mid 2016. The case had progressed very slowly considering that a similar case was completed almost two years ago.
This will be the third time that the court will be fixing date for the Judgement. The first time, the presiding judge, Justice Gwada has told the court that she had not completed writing the Judgement and therefore adjourned. On the next adjourned date however, the judge was reportedly ill and could therefore not sit to deliver the Judgement.
It remains to be seen whether or not the judgement will be delivered as expected on Friday. One truth is beyond any doubt: they’ve done nothing wrong and the prosecution have not done anything extra to warrant the judge to demand the defense counsels to open any defence in view of the same sister case, having same charges and witnesses was earlier thrown out and all the accused were discharged and acquitted.