Two consolidated suits involving 92 members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria pending before the Hon. Justice David Shiri Wyoms sitting at High Court No. 6, Kaduna which came up on Tuesday the 14thday of February 2017 has been further adjourned to the 1st day of March 2017 for continuation of hearing.
The case was adjourned sequel to the application of the Director of Public Prosecution of Kaduna State Dari Bayero who informed the Court that he had logistic challenges bringing his witnesses to Court for the continuation of the hearing of the case. So far 31 witnesses have testified in the case and 50 exhibits tendered.
Responding to the motion for the adjournment counsel to the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) Barrister Festus Okoye pointed out that the State had over a month to put their house in order and failed to do so. He further pointed out that the accused persons have been in prison custody for 14months awaiting trial.
He further informed the Court that he will not object to the adjournment of the case based on the undertaking by the Director of Public prosecution to produce all the military officers mentioned as witnesses in the case before the court at the next adjourned date.
In his ruling the Hon. Justice David Wyoms adjourned the case to the 1st of March 2017 and directed the State to produce all the eight named witnesses who are army officers at the next adjourned date.
The members of the IMN in prison custody are standing trial for culpable homicide, rioting, unlawful assembly and other sundry offences. All of them are accused of killing one Cp. Yakubu Dankaduna during the incident of the 12th day of December 2015 involving the Chief of Army Staff and the IMN.