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In Kaduna: El-Zakzaky, wife’s trial resumes, case adjourned till April 23


The Kaduna State High Court presided over by Justice Gideon Kurada on Monday, fixed April 23 and 24, 2020 for the trial of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, also known as Shi’ites, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenat.

The Shi’ites leader and his wife appeared before the court at the resumed hearing on Monday.

El-Zakzaky’s wife was spotted by our correspondent being wheeled into the Kaduna Correctional Centre shortly after the adjournment of the case at about 12.51pm.

The adjournment was to enable the defendants to be medically fit to take plea.

The court was earlier informed by one of the counsel for the defendants, Marshal Abubakar, that the couple were declined medical attention in the prison custody.

The development prompted the trial judge to summon the Controller of the Kaduna Correctional Centre to appear before him and then stood down court proceedings for over two hours.

On his part, counsel for the defendants told journalists after court proceedings that the wife of the Shi’ites leader, Zeenat, was in dire need of medical intervention.

Speaking shortly after the court proceedings, counsel for the state and Director of Public Prosecutions, Dari Bayero, told reporters that all “grey areas” had been resolved.

He said the court had ordered the couple to be allowed access to their medical doctors.

He stated, “Even if they want to go for scanning in any hospital, the correctional centre should provide security for them to be taken anywhere.”

When asked why a plea had not been taken, Bayero said, “The court said it can only try sane and healthy defendants.”

Meanwhile, the trial was being held under tight security as all roads leading to the court along Independence Way, Ibrahim Taiwo Road as well as Bids Road within the metropolis, were barricaded by security operatives.

The high court had, on December 5, 2019, ordered the Department of State Services to transfer the Shi’ites leader and his wife, to the Nigerian Correctional Centre in Kaduna and to allow their lawyers access to them. Punch

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