The police have arraigned more than 130 members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria also known as Shiites before the Magistrates’ Court in Wuse Zone 2, Abuja.
This followed the protest by Shiite members in Abuja and the resulting clashes with security agencies.
The persons were arraigned include about 12 women, among whom were nursing mothers.
They were charged, in four sets of First Information Reports, with “joining or continuing in unlawful assembly when it has been commanded to disperse; disturbance of public peace, rioting and causing hurt.”
The offenses were said to have violated section 79, 104, 113, 106, 242, of the Penal Code.
The FIR filed in respect of one of the four sets of defendants read, “Contrary to sections 79, 104, 113, 106, 242, of the Penal Code, that on October 30, 2018, at about 1400hours at different parts of the Federal Capital Territory and its environs, following a tip-off that some group of persons were rioting, disturbing peace and blocking vehicular movements, a team of policemen led by the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Operation, FCT Police Command, Valentine Olumesi, immediately arrived at the scene and met you whose names appear overleaf, riotously gathered and blocked vehicular movements and you were ordered to disperse peacefully and you refused and started throwing stones at the police officers and other members of the public and thereby caused them bodily harm.
“You are thereby reasonably suspected to have committed the above-mentioned offences.”
The defendants pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them.
Their lawyers subsequently applied for bail.