Court Vacates Order Releasing El-Zakzaky’s Wife For COVID-19 Treatment

El-Zakzaky’s wife Zeenat

 

A Kaduna State high court presided over by Justice Gideon Kurada has vacated the order it made directing the Nigerian Correctional Service to release Zeenat, the wife of the embattled leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, for COVID-19 treatment.

Justice Kurada, had on January 26, 2021 ordered Zeenat’s release after their lawyer, Femi Falana, presented a medical report asking the court to allow his client seek medical treatment outside the correctional centre in line with the safety measures put in place by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

However, on Thursday, the court revoked the order after an oral application made by one of the Defence counsels, Haruna Magashi , who claimed that Mrs Elzakzaky has regained her health.

“Upon an oral application moved by H.G. Magashi, Esq. holding the brief of Femi Falana SAN, counsel for the 1 defendant and of Edwin Inegedu, Esq. of counsel for the 2nd defendant applying for an order vacating an earlier order made on 26th January 2021 for 2nd defendant to be taken to a government hospital for treatment.

“The situation has changed as the 2nd defendant regained her good health and the unfettered access to medical facilities granted her by the correctional services centre, Kaduna,” the judge said.

“It is hereby ordered that the application is granted and the order of court made on 26 January 2021 is hereby vacated,” the judge further said.

El-Zakzaky and his wife have been in detention since 2015 after his followers clashed with soldiers in Zaria, Kaduna state.

The IMN leader is standing trial for alleged culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, and disruption of public peace among others.

Court Admits Evidence El-Zakzaky’s Wife Has COVID-19, Orders Her Relocation To Treatment Centre

El-Zakzaky’s wife Zeenat

 

 

A Kaduna State High court presided over by Justice Gideon Kurada has ordered the Nigerian Correctional Service to evacuate the wife of the embattled leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Zeenat Elzakzaky to an isolation centre to enable her to undergo treatment for COVID-19.

Mrs Elzakzaky reportedly contracted the virus inside the Nigerian Correctional Centre in Kaduna state capital last week.

The spokesman of the group, Ibrahim Musa, confirmed the news to Channels Television on Thursday.

He said Zeenat tested positive for COVID-19 a second time on January 20, 2021, but the management of the Correctional Centre denied the report.

The denial was contained in a statement signed by the spokesman of the Nigerian Correctional Centre, Kaduna State Command, Daniel Wadai, who insisted that there is no report of any COVID-19 infection in any of their facilities as all inmates are safe and well-protected.

“The attention of the Kaduna State Command of the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCoS) has been drawn to a news item being circulated by some mischief makers alleging that an inmate in one of the custodial centres in the state has contracted COVID-19,” the statement said.

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At the resumed trial of the defendants who are facing an eight-count charge of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly among others, their counsel, Femi Falana on Monday told the court that Mrs El-Zakzaky has tested positive for COVID-19, and also presented a medical report to back up his claim.

He, however, appealed to the court to allow his client to seek proper medical treatment outside the Correctional Centre in line with the protocols that have been outlined by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control

The appeal was supported by the prosecuting counsel and the Solicitor general of Kaduna state, Chris Umar.

In his ruling on the appeal, Justice Kurada ordered that Mrs Elzakzaky should be moved to a government-approved isolation and treatment centre.

Meanwhile, four witnesses were presented by the prosecuting counsel before the court at the resumed sitting on Monday, while more witnesses including a serving General officer Commanding of the Nigerian Army in the North East are also expected to testify before the court tomorrow.

Embattled IMN Leader El-Zakzaky, Wife Absent As Trial Resumes In Kaduna

El-Zakzaky and his wife Zeenat

 

 

The embattled leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat are absent as their trial resumed on Monday at the Kaduna State High Court.

Security has been beefed up in the state capital as well as all the roads leading to the High Court complex.

During today’s court sitting, the Prosecuting Counsel Dari Bayero is expected to bring the remaining witnesses including a GOC of the Nigerian Army.

The presiding judge, Justice Gideon Kurada had on December the 11th, 2020, adjourned the case to January 25, 2021, after the prosecution counsel presented six witnesses before the court.

The prosecuting counsel had initially presented two witnesses from the Nigerian army who testified in secret before the court, while a Director from the state security services and three residents of Gyallesu in Zaria were among the four witnesses that were admitted as witnesses.

The witnesses were also cross-examined by the Defence Counsel, Femi Falana.

El-Zakzaky and his wife are facing trial on an eight-count charge bordering alleged culpable homicide, unlawful assembly and disruption of the public peace among other charges, to which they both pleaded not guilty on Sept. 29, 2020.

Both of them are being detained at the Nigerian Correctional facility in Kaduna State on the orders of the court.

Last week, members of the IMN renewed calls for their release, claiming that Elzakzaky wife had tested positive for COVID-19 inside the Detention centre.

El-Zakzaky’s Wife Tests Positive For COVID-19 In Prison, Says IMN

 

The wife of the embattled leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, Zeenat, has reportedly contracted COVID-19 at a correctional centre in Kaduna State.

The spokesman of the group, Ibrahim Musa, confirmed the news to Channels Television on Thursday.

He said Zeenat tested positive for COVID-19 a second time on January 20, 2021.

El-Zakzaky’s wife Zeenat

Mr Musa is therefore appealing to the authorities of the Nigerian Correctional Service to allow El-Zakzaky’s wife to seek proper medical treatment in line with COVID-19 protocols.

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His appeal comes less than a week after members of the movement renewed their demand for the release of their embattled leader, his wife, and other members of the group still in detention.

The Chairman Resource Forum of the IMN, Professor Abdullahi Danladi, said that four years after a federal high court freed El-Zakzaky and his wife, the Federal Government has refused to obey the court order.

El-Zakzaky was arrested in 2015 and is being tried by the Kaduna state government over allegations of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, disruption of the public peace, and criminal conspiracy among others.

 

Court Adjourns Hearing Of El-Zakzaky’s Trial Till Tomorrow

File photo of Ibrahim El-Zakzaky,

 

A Kaduna State High Court sitting in the state capital on Wednesday adjourned till tomorrow, the continued hearing of the trial of the embattled leader of the Islamic Movement In Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife Zinat.

El- Zakzaky and his wife have been in detention since December 2015, following clashes between members of the IMN and the Nigerian Army in Zaria, Kaduna State.

At the resumed hearing on the matter on Wednesday, two witnesses from the Nigerian Army were presented before the court by their counsel.

After making their submissions, they were cross-examined by the defence counsel, Femi Falana.

Fourteen more witnesses are expected to be presented before the court during the continuation of trial tomorrow, November 19.

However, speaking to reporters at the end of the court sitting, counsel to El-Zakzaky, Femi Falana,  kicked against the consistent closure of roads against traffic in the Kaduna State capital whenever the trial of El-Zakzaky comes up.

Falana lamented that this situation puts the residents of Kaduna metropolis into unnecessary hardship.

“We will like to appeal to the authorities in Kaduna State, both the governor and the security forces that since our clients are not being brought to church on health grounds, they don’t really need to block all roads leading to the court, so that people can move and go about there normal business,” Falana said.

Security was beefed up in the Kaduna State capital on Wednesday while all roads leading to the state high court complex were barricaded against traffic by security operatives as

This is to forestall any break down of law and order during and after the trial of the IMN leader.

Police Disperse IMN Members In Kaduna

A file photo of an IMN protest.
A file photo of an IMN protest.

 

Police authorities on Saturday dispersed members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria as they gathered in Kaduna to commemorate the sixth anniversary of the alleged killing of some of their members by the Nigerian Army on July 25, 2014.

IMN Spokesperson, Ibrahim Musa, told Channels Television that the commemoration was a peaceful annual event usually observed with members gathering to offer prayers for the repose of the souls of their departed members.

He explained that shortly after they commenced the programme at a cemetery in Zaria, Armed policemen stormed the venue and started shooting tear gas into their air.

Mr Musa asked the police to save their bullets for armed bandits and terrorists who are killing innocent and defenseless civilians.

In its response, the State Police Command said the group remains outlawed and security operatives reserve the right to disperse them.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, officially declared the IMN banned in July 2029.

The group was founded by Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, who is being tried by the Kaduna state government over allegations of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, disruption of the public peace, and criminal conspiracy among others.

 

Trial Of El-Zakzaky, Wife Resumes In Kaduna

A file photo of IMN leader, Ibrahim El- Zakzaky.

 

 

A Kaduna State High Court on Monday resumed the trial of the embattled leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El- Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenat. 

El-Zakzaky and his wife are facing eight counts over allegations of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, disruption of public peace, and criminal conspiracy among others.

The charges were filed against them by the Kaduna State government.

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Both defendants were brought to the court to take their plea, amid heavy security presence.

Their arraignment today comes about three weeks after the last hearing of the suit against them on February 6, after the case was adjourned for eight months.

 

The trial judge, Justice Gideon Kurada, had amended the charges against the defendants from four people to two and excluded two other accused persons who are still at large, to enable the trial of the IMN leader and his wife commence without delay.

The judge also ordered that the defendants should be allowed to be seen by their private doctors at the Nigerian Correctional Service facility in the Kaduna State capital, with close supervision of the facility management.

He, however, adjourned the case until February 24 and 25 for accelerated hearing.

Ahead of the couple’s arrival in court, security was been beefed up in the Kaduna metropolis in what seems to have become a tradition.

Security operatives cordoned off all major roads leading to the court complex and the court premises, in order to avert any breakdown of law and order, as a result of the violent protests by members of the Shiite group in Abuja and some other cities in the North.

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

On Friday last week, Justice Hajaratu Gwadah discharged and acquitted 91 members of the group who were held in detention for four years.

She held that the prosecutor was unable to prove its allegations against the defendants beyond a reasonable doubt.

The state government has, however, vowed to appeal the judgment which it described as erroneous.

The Court Will Decide El-Zakzaky’s Fate – Kaduna Govt

 

The Kaduna State government on Thursday said the fate of the embattled leader of the proscribed Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) is in the hands of the court.

This was disclosed by the Attorney General of Kaduna State and Commissioner for Justice, Aisha Dikko.

She revealed that the ongoing legal processes should not be the subject of a media campaign or pressure of any kind, affirming that the Kaduna State Government has no intention to withdraw the charges and would rather leave it to the court to decide the case.

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In a statement issued in Kaduna, the state capital, Dikko said both Ibrahim El Zakzaky and his wife Zeenat are facing an eight-count charge, including culpable homicide punishable with death, before the High Court of Kaduna State.

The Attorney General recalls that the court had earlier refused the accused persons’ application for bail following their arraignment in August 2018.

“At its last sitting on December 5, 2019, the court adjourned hearing in the matter to February 6, 2020, and ordered the transfer of the couple from DSS facilities to the Kaduna Correctional Centre for the duration of the trial.

“It is the High Court that will decide the case, and the rule of law demands respect for the prerogatives of the court and the ongoing legal process,” she said.

Dikko said further that like any other person facing a criminal trial, El-Zakzaky and his wife have been accorded due process and are being represented by their lawyers.

“There is no court order pending against the Kaduna State Government on the matter. Rulings and orders that were secured against the Federal Government do not have any bearing against the Kaduna State Government which was not a party to those proceedings and against whom no orders were made.

“Any issues regarding compliance or non-compliance with a court order by the DSS or the Federal Government cannot be used to vitiate the judicial proceedings the Kaduna State Government has commenced against the El-Zakzakys,’’ she argued.

An eight-count charge was filed against some accused persons on April 19, 2018, including El Zakzaky and his wife, after months of painstaking investigation, which covered a period of about three decades.

According to the commissioner, persons who were accused alongside El-Zakzaky include Yakubu Yahaya Katsina and Sanusi Abdulkadir Koki and they were charged to court for alleged criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide punishable with death and unlawful assembly.

They were also charged with alleged wrongful restraint, disturbance of public peace; voluntarily causing grievous hurt; inciting disturbance, and breach of Public Peace.

The Attorney General recalled that these charges arose following the Zaria clashes of December 12th-24 2015 between the Nigerian Army and El-Zakzaky’s movement.’

“It was the tragic Nadir of the more than 30 years of oppression that Zaria residents had endured at the hands of a movement that had grown accustomed to disregarding the law, disrespecting the human rights of other citizens and inconveniencing members of the public.

“A Judicial Commission of Inquiry to look into the Zaria clashes was constituted on 29th January 2016.

“Members of the IMN owe absolute loyalty to Ibrahim El-Zakzaky. He, therefore, bears responsibility for all the acts of lawlessness committed by the organization and should, therefore, be held responsible, fully investigated and prosecuted.”

The Kaduna State Government then accepted the findings of the Inquiry and commenced the processes for prosecuting  El-Zakzaky and the leadership of his movement.

Malami Reveals Why FG Did Not Release El-Zakzaky

 

Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has said that the Federal Government did not order the release of Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, leaders of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) popularly known as Shiites because his case is being handled by the Kaduna state government.

Mr Malami, who was quoted in a statement by his spokesman Dr. Umar Gwandu on Friday, stated that the Federal Government does not interfere with the cases that are being prosecuted by a State Governments.

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El-Zakzaky and his wife Zeenat, who were arrested in December 2015, are facing trial over allegations of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, and disruption of the public peace, among other charges in a Kaduna State High Court.

They were first arraigned on May 15, 2018, two years after their arrest in Zaria.

Some Shiites members have protested the continued detention of El-Zakzaky, storming the United Nations Headquarters, the National Assembly and the streets of Abuja, with several confrontations with the police and Army.

A Kaduna state high court in December ordered that El-Zakzaky and his wife be transferred from the custody of the DSS to a correctional centre in the state.

Court Orders Transfer Of El-Zakzaky, Wife From DSS Custody To Correctional Facility

BREAKING: Court Fixes October To Rule On El-Zakzaky's Bail Application
Ibrahim El-Zakzaky addresses reporters in Abuja in January 2018.

 

 

A Kaduna state high court sitting in the state capital has ordered that the embattled leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife be transferred from the custody of the DSS to a correctional centre in the state.

The trial judge, Justice Gideon Kudafa in his ruling on Thursday says the decision to remand the IMN leader and his wife in a correctional facility is to enable their lawyers and doctors to have easy access to them.

He, therefore, adjourned the case to February the 6th for the commencement of trial.

The IMN leader is facing trial over allegations of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, and disruption of the public peace, among other charges.

The trial judge, Justice Gideon Kudafa had on March the 26th adjourned the case indefinitely following his appointment as a member of the Election Petition Tribunal in Yobe State.

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El-Zakzaky and his wife were not in court during the last proceedings, although their counsel, Femi Falana, claimed that their absence was due to their deteriorated health conditions.

He and his wife (Zeenat) were denied bail by the presiding judge during the last sitting on January 22, 2018.

In the application for bail filed by El Zakzaky’s lawyer, Femi Falana, on his behalf at the last sitting, the legal practitioner prayed the court to give a mandatory order for his client and his wife to be flown abroad.

Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, informed the court that this was to enable them to receive proper medical attention since the Federal Government has glaringly failed to cure them of the injuries they sustained during the alleged army’s onslaught on their residence in December 2015.

The judge in his ruling, however, ordered that El Zakzaky should be allowed by the government to bring doctors of his choice to examine him in the presence of doctors from the government before the date of the next sitting.

With the absence of the trial judge, Counsel to the IMN leader, Mr. Falana, filed a fresh application at another court of equal jurisdiction on July the 18th asking it to grant his clients leave to seek medical attention abroad and thereafter return for the continuation of their trial.

Consequently, on August the 5th, the presiding judge, Justice Darius Khobo ordered that the IMN leader and his wife be accompanied abroad by officials of the Kaduna State government.

The presiding judge ruled that El-Zakzaky and his wife should proceed to India for medical treatment, after which they will return to Nigeria to face their trial.

We Are Not Detaining Dasuki, El-Zakzaky In Defiance Of Court Orders – DSS

 

The Department of State Services (DSS) has said that it is not detaining certain prominent Nigerians in defiance of court injunctions. 

This is following outcries about the alleged disobedience to Court Orders and illegal detention of some notable persons (particularly Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) and Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky) who are undergoing trials at the Courts.

In reaction to the claims, the DSS said the duo had appealed to the Courts to be left in the custody of the Service instead of being taken to the Correctional Centres.

According to a communique from the Service, many of those who are within the DSS custody opted to remain there on their own volition, including El-Zakzaky who “opted to be returned to the custody of the Service even as the Court had granted him leave to seek medical care in India”.

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The DSS says it has continued to extend the best courtesies to the personalities since their stay in the Service’s custody.

“They are allowed access to people and use of other facilities like telephones, gymnasium, TV, newspapers and medical facilities.

“Among others, their families and trusted persons bring them food of their choices on a daily basis. There could not have been better treatments than these.

“Against the wrong perception that the Service held these persons in defiance to Court Orders, it is obvious, by the above explanations, that they rather chose to be looked after by the DSS. The reason for such a choice is not farfetched. It is simply because the Service’s holding facilities are good and within acceptable international standards.

“It is not in the character of the DSS to join issues with persons or groups. Yet, silence should not be golden at a time like this. For its compliance with democratic norms, the Service owes the Nigerian public a duty to explain some of its activities. This is more so that these are oftentimes grossly misunderstood or misrepresented,” the DSS communique read in part.

The Service restated its commitment to a strong partnership with the media and other stakeholders including opinion leaders, stating that it is not averse to criticisms and therefore welcomes constructive engagement from all and sundry.

The DSS further stated that it will continue to conduct its operations within the bounds of the law and importantly be guided by that time tested axiom of Usman Dan Fodio that conscience is an open wound and only the truth can heal it.

‘El-Zakzaky Conniving With Iran To Islamize Nigeria’ – FG

Court To Rule On El-Zakzaky's Bail Application August 5
A file photo of Mr Ibrahim El-Zakzaky

 

The Federal Government is alleging that the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky has the sole aim of establishing an Islamic State in Nigeria.

In a counter-affidavit filed on behalf of the government by Solicitor General of the Federation against the motion of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria challenging its proscription, the government claims the cleric had the full support of the Iranian government to achieve this aim.

Justice Evelyn Maha of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court who issued the proscription order today fixed the eleventh of September, 2019 for the hearing of the motion filed on behalf of the IMN by Mister Femi Falana.

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The adjournment is predicated on an application for extension of time filed by the Counsel to the Department of State Services.

The Department of Security Service (DSS) is asking the court for more time to enable them to regularise a motion filed in respect of the suit.

Members of IMN had earlier approached the court challenging the Federal Government’s decision proscribing the movement on the ground that it is a terrorist organisation.