Police shut down major highways in Kaduna over arraignment of El-Zakzaki

Police shut down major highways in Kaduna over arraignment of El-Zakzaki

- Kaduna metropolis were on Thursday, June 21, shutdown over the arraignment of the embattled leader of Shiite by the police

- Journalists who were there to cover the case were also barred from entering the court premises

- Motorists were also denied access to Independence Way right from Kabala West Roundabout up to Waff Road junction

Major highways leading to Kaduna High Court along Independence Way in Kaduna metropolis were on Thursday, June 21, shutdown over the arraignment of the embattled leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria also known as Shi’ite, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky,

Journalists who trooped to the court premises to cover the case were also barred from entering by heavily armed security men stationed at all strategic points leading to the court.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that motorists were denied access to Independence Way right from Kabala West Roundabout up to Waff Road junction.

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Those coming from Tafawa Balewa Way through the College of Business and Management Studies of Kaduna Polytechnic were also prevented from accessing Independence Way.

Similarly, motorists from Yakubu Gowon Way were also denied access to Bida Road along national and state libraries, NBTE, NAN office Kaduna state Judiciary, police headquarters, including First Bank, Wema Bank and Access Bank located there.

NAN reports that members of the movement on Wednesday clashed with the police during a protest along Ahmadu Bello way demanding the release of their leader.

El-Zakzaki is facing charges of unlawful gathering, criminal conspiracy among others.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the Nigerian government on Friday, September 16, gave a reason for the continued detention of Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, the leader of the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN).

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Speaking during a press briefing at the UN secretariat in New York, the minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said the Muhammadu Buhari administration is not willing to disrupt the process of inquiry initiated by the Kaduna state government and has decided to allow the full process of the law prevail in the case.

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