Wednesday, 17 April, 2024


Court adjourns El-Zakzaky’s trial to March 31

Kaduna High Court on Tuesday adjourned the culpable homicide case against the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, until March 31, 2021.

Justice Gideon Kurada, who presided over the case at the resumed hearing of the case adjourned until March 31 to allow the prosecution to close its case.

The lead prosecution, Chris Umar also Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary in the State Ministry of Justice confirmed this to reporters shortly after the trial that lasted for over six hours (11 am to 5:15pm).

Umar said that the prosecution had so far presented 14 witnesses in the case and that the court had admitted several items in evidence.

He did not however disclose the items admitted as evidences by the court.

Also speaking, the lead counsel to Zakzaky, Femi Falana SAN told journalists 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.

Kaduna State Government charged El-Zakzaky and Zeenat with eight counts bordering on culpable homicide, unlawful assembly and disruption of the public peace among other charges.

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

The state had so far presented 14 witnesses, including two Army officers, a retired director of state security service, police officers and a medical doctor who testified before Justice Kurada.

Credit: The Nation


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