A Kaduna State High Court has once more adjourned the trial of the embattled chief of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) Sheikh Ibrahim El Zakzaky and his spouse, Zeenat.
A brand new date of February twenty fourth and twenty fifth was mounted by the trial decide, Justice Gideon Kurada in the course of the listening to of the go well with on Thursday.
At the resumed listening to, Justice Kurada additionally amended the costs in opposition to the defendants from 4 individuals to 2 and excluded two different accused individuals who’re nonetheless at giant to allow the trial of the IMN chief and his spouse to start directly.
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He ordered that the defendants must be allowed to be seen by their personal docs on the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) facility within the Kaduna State capital with shut supervision of the ability administration.
Counsel to El-Zakzaky, Demi Falana, nevertheless, lamented over the incessant adjournment of the case. He famous that that is affecting the well being and luxury of his shoppers.
Although each defendants weren’t in court docket throughout right this moment’s sitting, safety was nevertheless beefed up within the Kaduna State as all main roads resulting in the Kaduna State High Court Complex had been cordoned off by safety operatives.
Security was additionally beefed up on the court docket premises, to avert breakdown of legislation and order, particularly with the violent protests by IMN members.
El-Zakzaky and his spouse are dealing with eight counts by the Kaduna State Government over allegations of culpable murder, illegal meeting, and disruption of the general public peace, amongst others.
The IMN chief and his spouse have been in detention since their arrest in December 2015 following a bloody conflict between his members and troopers in Zaria Kaduna State.
During the final court docket sitting on December the fifth, 2019, the presiding Judge, Justice Gideon Kurada ordered the Department of State Security Service (DSS) to switch the IMN chief and his spouse to the detention facility of the Nigerian Correctional Service in Kaduna state, with a view to permit their attorneys have easy accessibility to them.