Shiekh Ibrahim Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, have been discharged and acquitted by the Kaduna High Court.
An Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) leader and his wife have been discharged and acquitted by a Kaduna State High Court.
They are facing eight counts, including culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, and disruption of public peace.
Justice Gideon Kurada ruled on Wednesday that the prosecution failed to prove its case against them.
Zakzaky and his wife have been detained since 2015 when some of his followers clashed with soldiers in Zaria.
IMN spokesman Ibrahim Musa said trumped up charges were filed against the duo following the judgment.
“The Kaduna State High Court presided over by Justice Gideon Kurada today delivered a favourable judgement on the “no case submission” filed by the defense lawyers on the case brought against the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife, Malama Zeenah Ibrahim, who were standing trial for sundry trumped up charges, including that of aiding and abetting culpable homicide punishable by death.”
After almost five years of excruciating illegal detention, this victory in court today punctures the false charges filed against them for good.
“This ruling not only vindicates them and all members of the Islamic movement in Nigeria, but it is a victory for perseverance in the face of extreme persecution by the Nigerian government. Truth and justice have triumphed over tyranny and impunity.
“We, therefore, give praises to the Almighty for yet another successful outing, which further proves to the world that the Islamic Movement and its leader, are only victims of impunity and mischievous plots by both the Buhari-led federal government and the El-Rufai-led Kaduna state government. Since both governments have again failed in court after a fair trial, we expect them to respect the judgement of this honourable court and the course of justice to release them with immediate effect,” the statement read.