- Charges against Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic movement, and his wife has been thrown out by a court in Kaduna state
- The court presided by Justice Gideon Kurada ruled that the prosecution failed to establish sufficient evidence against them
- The embattled IMN leader El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat have been standing trial for four years on an eight-count charge
Kaduna state - The embattled leader of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat have been discharged and acquitted.
Channles TV reports that a Kaduna State High Court upheld the no-case submission filed by El-Zakzaky on the grounds of lacking sufficient evidence.
Recall that the Kaduna state government brought against them after their followers clashed with soldiers in Zaria.
The presiding judge, Justice Gideon Kurada in a ruling on Wednesday, July 28, held that the prosecution failed to establish its case against the defendants, Premium Times added.
The duo have been standing trial for four years on an eight-count charge including alleged culpable hom*cide, unlawful assembly and disruption of public peace.
No case to answer
Femi Falana, the lead counsel had earlier argued that despite the 15 witnesses presented by the prosecution, the lawyer was able to establish any connection between the alleged crimes and El-Zakzaky and his wife.
The senior advocate then prayed the court to rule in favour of his clients and dismiss the charges levelled against them.
According to him, no criminal case has been established against El-Zakzaky and his wife so far by the Kaduna state government.
Tight security as Ibrahim El-Zakzaky's trial resumes in Kaduna
Earlier, officers of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) were on red alert around the area and premises of the Kaduna state high court following the resumption of El-Zakzaky's trial.
The IMN leader and his wife were brought to the court chambers by operatives of the Nigerian correctional Service on Wednesday, July 28.
The case was presided over by Justice Gideon Kurada who among other allegations will look into charges like the disruption of public peace unlawful assembly made against El-Zakzaky.
El-Zakzaky’s wife tests negative for coronavirus
Meanwhile, the wife of Sheikh El-Zakzaky tested negative for Coronavirus. The authorities of the Nigerian Correctional Service, disclosed that she and her contacts have no trace of the virus.
Controversy followed news that she contracted the infection while in custody and the service insisted on conducting COVID-19 test in collaboration with the state government, her personal physician and NCDC.
Speaking on her negative status, Public Relations Officer of NCoS, Francis Enobore, says the Service is delighted that the test result which has been released turned negative for the virus.
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