78 members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, (IMN), a Shi’ite group, were on Thursday in Kano arraigned before a Chief Magistrate Court by the police.

The arrested Shi'ites were divided into three in Magistrate Courts 18, 20 and 28 for the hearing of their offenses.

They were charged were criminal conspiracy, conduct likely to cause a breach of the peace, and illegal assembly.

The presiding judge, Mohammed Idris, granted all the suspects bail on the condition of providing one surety each and adjourned the case.

In the past few days, there have been sporadic clashes between the Shi’ite group and the security agencies in parts of Northern Nigeria.

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