A Kaduna High Court has discharged and acquitted the embattled leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat.
In a ruling that lasted over eight hours, the presiding judge, Justice Gideon Kurada upheld the no-case submission filed by El-Zakzaky and his wife on an eight-count charge of alleged culpable homicide, unlawful assembly and disruption of public peace levelled against them by the Kaduna state government.
The judge in his ruling held that the case lacks merit.
The couple has been standing trial for four years. They have been in detention since December 2015 following a bloody clash between his followers and soldiers in Zaria, Kaduna State.
The IMN leader was whisked out of the court in the same vehicle with his Lead Counsel, Femi Falana (SAN) after the judgement.