El-Zakzaky Arraignment: Police Bar Journalists From Court

The score of journalists who trooped to Kaduna High Court, early this morning to cover the arraignment of the embattled leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria also known as Shi’ite, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky were barred from entering the court.

Heavily armed policemen also blocked major roads leading to the court in anticipation that Zakzaky’s supporters might want to protest.

Every strategic entrance to the court was manned by the security men while vehicles were denied access to the area.

The popular Independence Way right from Kabala West Roundabout up to Waff Road junction had been blocked as early as 6 am while those coming from Tafawa Balewa Way through the College of Business and Management Studies of Kaduna Polytechnic were also prevented from accessing Independence Way.

Similarly, motorists from Yakubu Gowon Way were also denied access to Bida Road along national and state libraries, NBTE, NAN office Kaduna State Judiciary, Police Headquarters, including First Bank, Wema Bank and Access Bank located there.

El-Zakzaki is facing charges of unlawful gathering, criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide. He has been in the custody of the Department of State Service since 2015 alongside his wife.

Many of his supporters were killed by Nigerian Army for allegedly blocking the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Turkur Buratai in Kaduna about three years ago.

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