COURT ADJOURNS TRIAL OF EMBATTLED IMN LEADER IBRAHIM EL-ZAKZAKY AND HIS WIFE TO MARCH 8 AND 9
A Kaduna High Court has adjourned the trial of the embattled Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenat, to March 8 and 9.
Justice Gideon Kurada, the presiding Judge of the court, adjourned the case during Tuesday’s sitting after the prosecution counsel, Chris Umar presented two witnesses before the court.
Only one of the witnesses testified before the court while the other one is expected to be taken in the next adjourned date.
The adjournment of the trial comes barely 24 hours after Justice Kurada ordered the Nigerian Correctional service in Kaduna to immediately evacuate the wife of Sheikh El-zakzaky, Zeenat, to an isolation Centre where she will be treated for COVID-19 infection which she contracted in detention.
In December 2015, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zazaky and his wife, Zeenat, were arrested and detained following a conflict between members of the IMN and the Nigerian Army.
They are both facing trial on eight counts of homicide, unlawful assembly, and disruption of public peace, among others.
El-Zazaky, who arrived at the Kaduna High Court on Tuesday, September 29, had asked the court to revoke the case leveled against them for lack of evidence.
The Court's Presiding Judge, Justice Gideon Kurada, however, dismissed the no-case submission and said the court would continue with the trial.
Justice Kurada said El-Zakzaky's application was premature in view of the clear provisions of the Kaduna State administration of criminal justice.