Kaduna security beefed up as Zakzaky, wife’s trial continues

kaduna security beefed up as zakzaky, wife's trial continues
kaduna security beefed up as zakzaky, wife’s trial continues

On Ibrahim Taiwo road, where the trial of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife Zeenat is expected to continue, security has been beefed up in Kaduna metropolis.

Today, the Court presided over by Justice Gideon Kurada is expected to rule on El-Zakzaky’s no-case submission.

Security has been beefed up in Kaduna metropolis and environs ahead of the court ruling, while all roads leading to the high court complex are barricaded by security operatives in anticipation of a breakdown of law and order.

Zakzaky and his wife have been on trial in court for the past four years on an eight-count charge of alleged culpable homicide, disruption of the public peace, and unlawful assembly brought by the Kaduna State government against them.

The Nigerian Correctional Service brought them to court on Wednesday morning amid tight security.

Femi Falana SAN, lead counsel to Zakzaky, had prayed the court to dismiss the charges against his clients in the last hearing on July 1st, 2021, saying there had been no criminal case brought by the Kaduna government against them.

Attorney Dari Bayero had presented 15 witnesses who testified against the defendants, including two army officers, a retired director of State Security Service, police officers, and a medical doctor.

El-Zakzaky and his wife have been in detention since December 2015 following a violent clash between his followers and soldiers in Zaria, Kaduna State.

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