Shia group leader’s bail hearing adjourned

The bail hearing for the leader of the Nigerian Shia group Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has been postponed for the second time in a fortnight.

Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky
Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky

It was meant to be on Monday but the High Court in Kaduna, northern Nigeria, will now hear the bail application on 5 August.

Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky has been detained since 2015, in the aftermath of clashes between his followers and the army, and charged with culpable homicide, murder, unlawful assembly and disruption of the peace.

The first time he was seen in court after his arrest was in May 2018.

He was not at the court on Monday either. His lawyer cited health reasons.

Sheikh Zakzaky’s followers have been protesting regularly since he was arrested.

Those protests turned deadly recently and a police officer and a journalist have been killed.

Security had been beefed up in the state capital ahead of the hearing. BBC News