Major highways leading to Kaduna high court along Independence Way in Kaduna metropolis were on Thursday, June 21 shut down by the police over the arraignment of the embattled leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shi’ite, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.
Journalists who trooped to the court premises to cover the case were also barred from entering by heavily armed securitymen stationed at all strategic points leading to the court.
Motorists were denied access to Independence Way right from Kabala West roundabout up to Waff Road junction.
Those coming from Tafawa Balewa Way through the College of Business and Management Studies of Kaduna Polytechnic were also prevented from accessing Independence Way.
Similarly, motorists from Yakubu Gowon Way were also denied access to Bida Road along national and state libraries, NBTE, police headquarters, including First Bank, Wema Bank and Access Bank located there.
Members of the movement on Wednesday, June 20 clashed with the police during a protest along Ahmadu Bello way demanding the release of their leader.
El-Zakzaki is facing charges of unlawful gathering, criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide.