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Again, Kaduna Court Adjourns El-Zakzaky’s Trial To March 31

Chimezie Enyiocha  
Updated March 8, 2021
A file photo of embattled IMN leader, Ibraheem Zakzaky,

 

A Kaduna State High Court sitting in the state capital has adjourned the trial of the embattled leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat to March 31 for the continuation of trial.

The presiding Judge, Justice Gideon Kurada adjourned the case on Monday till March 31 to allow the prosecution to close its case.

Speaking to reporters after the court sitting that lasted several hours, the prosecuting counsel, Chris Umar, said that he will present one more witness at the next adjourned date, after which he will close his case.

Umar said that the prosecution has so far presented 14 witnesses in the case, adding that the court has also admitted several items in evidence, but however, declined to mention the items.

Among the witnesses include two Army officers, a retired director of state security service, police officers and a medical doctor who testified before the court.

On his part, the defence counsel, Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, said that items including video recordings, Dane guns, sim cards among other items were admitted in evidence by the court.

Falana said his team will open defence in the case after the prosecution closed its case on the adjourned date.

El-Zakzaky and his wife are standing trial on an eight-count charge bordering on alleged culpable homicide, unlawful assembly and disruption of public peace, among others.

The IMN leader and his wife had on September 29, 2020 pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them.

The couple have been in detention since their arrest in December 2015 following a bloody clash between the Shiites and soldiers in Zaria, Kaduna State.