Trial of El- Zakzaky, Wife Resumes in Kaduna
By Kenneth Tobi
The trial of the embattled leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El- Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenat resumes on Monday at the Kaduna State High Court.
The Kaduna State government is charging them on eight counts of culpable homicide, disruption of public peace, unlawful assembly and criminal conspiracy.
Security is already tight in Kaduna metropolis as the couple arrives in court.
The arraignment comes about three weeks after the last hearing of the suit against them.
On February 6, the charges against them were amended by the trial judge, Justice Gideon Kurada, who reduced the number of defendants from four to two persons. This was after excluding two other accused persons who are still at large, to enable the trial of the IMN leader and his wife commence without delay.
Justice Kurada also ordered that the defendants be allowed access to their private doctors at the Nigerian Correctional Service facility in the Kaduna State capital, with close supervision of the facility management. He adjourned the case until February 24 and 25 for accelerated hearing.
Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife have been in detention since their arrest in December 2015 following a clash between the Shiites group and soldiers in Zaria, Kaduna State.
The federal high court in Abuja on December 2, 2016 ordered the release of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat from the custody of the Department of State Services. This court order was disobeyed.
On August 5, 2019 Justice Darius Khobo of Kaduna State High Court, granted El-Zakzaky, leave to seek medical attention in New Delhi, India.
The couples left for India and within a week were back in the country without receiving medical attention.