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. 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.