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Kaduna Govt To Appeal Acquittal Of 91 IMN Members

Some IMN members alight from two vehicles after they had been discharged and acquitted by a Kaduna State Excessive Courtroom on February 21, 2020.



The Kaduna State authorities says it’ll problem the courtroom judgement which discharged and acquitted 91 members of the Islamic Motion in Nigeria (IMN).

The Director of Public Prosecution within the State, Daris Bayero, disclosed this to Channels Tv in response to the judgement of the Kaduna State Excessive Courtroom delivered on Friday.

He mentioned, “Now we’ve got learn the ruling; My Lord has discharged them (the IMN members) after a no-case submission.

“She discharged them and acquitted them and mentioned we didn’t current any legally admissible proof earlier than the courtroom.”

“Now, we’ve got regarded on the judgment and listened to the judgment as a result of I used to be in courtroom when the judgment was delivered.

“The judgment is misguided on level of legislation as a result of 31 witnesses had been known as, together with senior navy officers that had been on the scene of the incident when it occurred and so they got here to testify and gave a vivid account of what occurred to them on that day,” Bayero added.

Justice Hajaratu Gwada had acquitted the defendants, who had been arrested throughout a conflict with troopers in Zaria in December 2015, of the fees filed towards them by the state authorities.

They had been arraigned on 5 counts of legal conspiracy, illegal meeting, culpable murder, disturbance of public peace, and inflicting grievous damage.

Throughout their trial, the defence counsel had filed a no-case submission earlier than the courtroom on the grounds that his shoppers had been harmless, stressing that the federal government had didn’t show its allegations.

Justice Gwada, thereafter, struck out all the fees filed towards the IMN members, saying the prosecutor couldn’t show the allegations past an affordable doubt.

However Bayero alleged that the choose erred in her ruling, including that the prosecution introduced over 105 displays that had been cleared and legally admitted by the courtroom.

He insisted that the best way ahead was to check the ruling on the appellate courtroom with the hope that justice can be served.

The federal government prosecutor decried that the trial of the defendants started in 2016 and senior navy and law enforcement officials, in addition to senior pathologists, gave their testimonies earlier than the courtroom.

He was sad that the courtroom mentioned they haven’t introduced any legally admissible proof to show their allegations towards the IMN members.

“Accordingly, I’ve been directed to file a discover and grounds of enchantment as quickly as we receive the complete studying of the courtroom earlier than the courtroom of enchantment. That’s the place we’re in now.

“We aren’t pleased with the half the place My Lord mentioned that we’ve got not introduced any legally admissible proof earlier than the courtroom. That’s the half that hurts us essentially the most,” the federal government official mentioned.

He insisted, “We must test that! It is only the Court of Appeal that will say otherwise. We are trying to obtain the record and then we would appeal against the judgment definitely.”

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