Security has been beefed up around the Kaduna metropolis and environs, particularly around the Kaduna State High Court, where the trial of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, is scheduled to resume.
DailyTrust reports that El-Zakzaky and his wife were brought to court on Wednesday morning by officials of the Nigerian Correctional Service amidst tight security while all roads leading to the high court complex have been barricaded by security operatives to forestall the breakdown of law and order.
The Court, presided over by Justice Gideon Kurada, is expected to deliver judgement on the no-case submission filed by El-Zakzaky at the resumption of trial.
El-Zakzaky and his wife have been in detention since December 2015 following a bloody clash between his followers and soldiers in Zaria, Kaduna State.
The Shiite leader and his wife are standing trial on an eight-count charge of alleged culpable homicide, disruption of public peace and unlawful assembly among other charges leveled against them by the Kaduna state government.
He and his wife have been standing trial in the court for the past four years on an eight-count charge of alleged culpable homicide, disruption of public peace and unlawful assembly among others levelled against them by the Kaduna State Government.
Lead counsel to Zakzaky, Femi Falana (SAN) had in the last sitting on July 1st, 2021, prayed the court to rule in favour of his clients and dismiss the charges levelled against them, saying there was no criminal case established against them so far by the Kaduna State Government.
The prosecuting counsel, Dari Bayero, had presented 15 witnesses who testified against the defendants, among them were two army officers, a retired director of State Security Service, police officers and a medical doctor.