The Kaduna State government has stated that it is totally dissatisfied with the ruling of the honourable court which discharged some accused persons of the proscribed Shiites sect charged in connection with the Zaria clashes of December 2015.
The State High Court yesterday discharged and acquitted one hundred Shiites in a Judgement described by members of the sect as a victory for perseverance amidst extreme persecution.
In a statement issued by the attorney general and commissioner of Justice, Hajiya Umma Hikima, the government however viewed the ruling as perverse and totally lacking in merit, saying it will appeal immediately to the Kaduna Judicial Division of the Court of Appeal.
The statement explained that, in prosecuting the case, the state called forty-seven witnesses and tendered several exhibits, which include guns, cutlasses, knives and IEDs as well as the statement of the accused persons which were confessional in nature.
The government believes that a compelling case was argued and therefore disagreed with the court’s ruling that it was lacking in merit.