The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, was on Tuesday brought before a Kaduna High Court which marks the first time the embattled leader is being tried in public for the first time since he was arrested and detained in December 2015.
The State Security Service, SSS, has held the Shiite leader in detention despite a court order that demanded his release.
El-Zakzaky was arrested following a clampdown on his supporters who blocked the army chief, Tukur Buratai, from using a public road.
One soldier was killed while over 340 members of the Shiite group were killed by the soldiers in attacks which were widely condemned by rights groups.
While no soldier is being prosecuted for the mass killings of the Shiites, the Kaduna government is prosecuting Mr El-Zakzaky for the death of the soldier.
Mr El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenah, were brought to court at about 9:00a.m for the trial.
They were said to have been brought into Kaduna the previous night from where he was kept.
Recall that loyalists of the Shiite leader have continued to protest the release of their leader with major incidents being attacking armoured police vehicles when some operatives of the Nigeria Police Force attempted to stop them.