Court Adjourns Ruling On El-Zakzaky’s Application To Travel Abroad For Treatment

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Updated July 18, 2019
El-Zakzaky's Trial Resumes Monday In Kaduna
A file photo of Mr Ibrahim El-Zakzaky


The Kaduna State High Court, has again, adjourned its ruling on the application filed by the embattled leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, for permission to travel abroad for medical treatment.

The presiding judge, Justice Darius Khobo adjourned sitting on the matter to July 29, 2019, to rule on the application.

Counsel to Elzakzaky Femi Falana explains to the court that the health condition of his client is getting worse by the day, hence the need for him to seek urgent medical treatment abroad.

In a written application he filed before the Court Falana, said his client is in dire need of medical attention, having lost one of his eyes while in custody of the Department of State Security Service.

He further argued that Elzakzaky and his wife, Zinat have not been given adequate medical care since their detention on December 14, 2015.

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However, the Kaduna State Director of Public Prosecution, Dari Bayero, Objected Elzakzaky’s application, on the grounds that Nigerian medical Doctors are yet to be invited to ascertain if the IMN leader should be treated locally or abroad.

Elzkazaky and his wife are facing trial over allegations of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, and disruption of the public peace, among other charges filed against them by the Kaduna state government.

They were first arraigned on May 15, 2018, following their arrest in Zaria, in December 2015.

Justice Gideon Kurada, who is handling the case, had on March 25 adjourned the trial of the IMN leader indefinitely.

The indefinite was to enable the judge to serve on the panel of the Elections Petitions Tribunal in Yobe state.