The Kaduna State government has arraigned the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shiites, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky before a state High Court.
El-Zakzaky and his wife are being arraigned on eight counts of alleged culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, disturbance of public peace, among others.
They were brought to the court on Tuesday from Abuja, in two black SUVs amid tight security.
At the start of hearing, the defence counsel, Maxwell Kyon, made an oral application for the couple on grounds that they had been in detention for over two years without trial.
Justice Kurada, however, refused the oral application made by Kyon and told him to rather file a written application which will be heard before or on the next adjourned date.
The presiding judge adjourned the case till June 21, 2018.
El-Zakzaky and his wife have until now been held in prison without trial since his arrest by the Nigerian government in December 2015.