El-Zakzaky suffering from glaucoma - Falana tells court

El-Zakzaky suffering from glaucoma - Falana tells court

- Senior lawyer, Femi Falana, makes cases for Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and Zaanat, his wife, at a Kaduna high court

- Falana says while El-Zakzaky is suffering from glaucoma, his wife has unremoved bullets in her system

- The counsel to the Kaduna state government, Dari Bayero, tells the court that two of the four defendants had been dropped

The leader of the Islamic Islamic Movement In Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, is suffering from glaucoma and has completely lost one of his eyes, his lead counsel, Femi Falana, told a court in Kaduna on Tuesday, January 22.

The senior lawyer said this when the case against El-Zakzaky came up for hearing at the high court, according to a report by Daily Independent.

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The report also said Falana made a case for Zeenat, the wife of El-Zakzaky, saying there were bullets yet to be extracted from her system. He said his legal team was concerned about the state of health of El-Zakzaky and his wife.

However, the counsel to the Kaduna state government, Dari Bayero, noted that two defendants in the case were dropped remaining the sect leader and his wife.

The report said the leader of the Shi’ite group arrived the court amid tight security.

It was learnt that the court adjourned the case to March 24, while El-Zakzaky and his wife would remain in custody.

Legit.ng earlier reported how Femi Falana once criticised the federal government for the continued incarceration of El-Zakzaky, as well as the handling of a protest by his members.

Falana was reported as saying in a statement that the security forces breached the fundamental rights of the protesters.

“The violent disruption of the peaceful rally of the Shiites was carried out by security forces outside the ambit of the law. The security forces breached the fundamental rights of the protesters to life, freedom from torture, freedom of assembly and freedom of expression."

“Meanwhile, the federal government has not adduced any justifiable reason why it has continued to incarcerate the El-Zakzakys in utter contempt of the Federal High Court," he was reported to have said.

It also reported how 22 members of the MNI, who were arrested and detained for taking part in a violent clash with the Nigeria police in Abuja were granted bail by a magistrate court.

A magistrate court in Abuja granted them bail on Thursday, April 19, after they were accused of criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly, rioting, causing grievous hurt, among other charges by the police.

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Legit.ng further reported that the federal government was recently urged to prosecute leaders and members of the IMN.

It was learnt that participants at a one day seminar for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Community Based Organizations (CBOs), Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) and other critical stakeholders held in Abuja on Sunday, December 3, 2018, recommended prosecution of IMN leaders and its members for terrorism.

In a communique issued by the conveners of the workshop, Jonathan Audu, Abubakar Wakil Mohammad and Osita Egbuniwehe, the organisation said the activities of IMN members if not urgently checked may constitute another insurgent war.

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