The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shiites, have accused the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari of using delay tactics to prolong the trial of its leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky.
In a statement on Wednesday signed by Ibrahim Musa, its President, Media Forum, IMN said the federal government was frustrating its legal team led by Femi Falana (SAN).
The Shiites movement also mocked the administration of Buhari, saying they have always defeated the federal government in Court.
IMN called on the federal and state governments to withdraw the unfounded charges against their leader Sheikh Zakzaky and others standing trial.
Shiites said: “Since the persecution of the members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria led by Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky (H) commenced, the High Courts in Kaduna and Sokoto, as well as the Court of Appeal, have discharged and acquitted 309 members of the Islamic Movement and dismissed the frivolous charges brought against them.
“On 2nd July of 2015 the Sokoto Judicial Division – Court of Appeal – has discharged and acquitted 112 members of the Islamic Movement of any offence.
“On Tuesday 30/07/2018 Justice David Shiri Wyom at the Kaduna State High Court cleared over 80 Shiite supporters of the Islamic Movement of criminal charges linked to a violent protest in 2015. He ruled in favour of the defence’s no-case submission, saying that the state did not present enough evidence to go ahead with proceedings.”
The group said Buhari govt has resorted to employing delay tactics in the prosecution of the remaining cases left in court, adding that its legal team has successfully defended and won all the cases against the government.
“We, therefore, call on the federal and state governments to withdraw the unfounded charges against our leader Sheikh Zakzaky (H) and others standing trial. They are toying with the lives of innocent citizens, which is an aberration in any democratic polity,” Shiites said.