File photo of Shiite members being dispersed with tear gas.

Aggrieved members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) on Thursday brutally killed a policeman as they renewed their protest against the continued detention of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

According to the spokesman for the police in Kaduna state, Mukhtar Aliyu, the policeman was walking along the road when members of the group, who are also known as Shiites, stabbed him with knives and stones until he died on the spot.

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The protest took place shortly after El-zakzaky and his wife, appeared before the Kaduna State High Court.

El-Zakzaky has been in detention since his arrest by operatives of the DSS in December 2015.

He was arrested following a clash between followers of his group and soldiers in the convoy of the Chief of Army State, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, in Zaria, Kaduna state.

The cleric and his wife were arraigned by the state government on eight counts bordering on alleged culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, disturbance of public peace among other allegations.

A Federal High Court had in 2016 ordered their unconditional release but the government refused to obey the order.

The IMN leader and his wife were earlier arraigned on May 15, 2018, but the court later adjourned the application for their bail to June 21.

But the matter could not be heard due to the absence of the Judge and the case was later adjourned to July 11, 2018, for the continuation of hearing on the bail application.