Not less than 189 members of the Shi’ite Islamic Movement of Nigeria, who were arrested when the sect clashed with the army in Zaria, have remanded in prison.
At the hearing on Wednesday, the Kaduna Magistrate Court, however, granted bail to four Shiite minors with the sum of 100,000 Naira each and two reliable sureties who will deposit valid means of identification.
Chief Magistrate Auwal Musa-Aliyu, who granted the bail said all other suspects should be remanded in prison.
He said: “The young offenders are hereby granted bail with the sum of 100,000 Naira. He must provide two sureties and one must be his blood relations.
“Each surety must deposit two size passports and one of the following; staff identity card, driver’s license, international identity card or voters card.
The prosecutor, Bayero Dari, prayed the court to remand the Shiite members in prison pending the report of arms and ammunition recovered from them.
Dari informed the court that the weapons had been sent to Lagos for forensic analysis and that the test of the analysis was almost completed.
He explained that the delay of experts’ report was due to the large weapons recovered from the suspects which would be used as evidence when the trial begins.
Dari said: “The large arms and ammunition recovered from the suspects caused the delay of expert report which will be used as evidence against them during trial.
“Our investigations almost completed. Police has already granted administrative bail to women and young offenders. Police handed them over to credible sureties who will at any time provide them in court. We are for justice and we will not object granting bail to young offenders”.
Chief Magistrate Musa-Aliyu, thereafter, adjourned the case till March 29.