A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), sitting in Abuja has remanded 60 members of the proscribed Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), also known as the Shiite group to Kuje prison in Abuja and Suleja prison in Niger State on remand.
The 60 proscribed IMN members were arrested during the July 22 bloody protest at the Federal Secretariat area of Abuja, which led to the death of a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Usman Umar, and Precious Owolabi, a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member.
They were arraigned before the court on November 27 by the FCT Command of the Nigeria Police.
The suspects were arraigned on charges bordering on homicide, disturbances of public peace, and destruction of government properties.
They had, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them by the police.
Ruling on the applications, Justice Belgore held that having not been opposed by the counsel for the defendants, the court was minded to remand the defendants at the correctional facilities.
“The defendants be remanded at the correctional facilities. They are to be remanded at Kuje and Suleja correctional yards. Trial to be held in Kuje correctional yard,” he ruled.
The judge then adjourned until February 5, 2020, for the commencement of trial which he ordered to be on a daily basis.