Court Rules In Favour Of El-Zakzaky
The embattled leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky has been granted leave to travel out for treatment.
The order was given on Monday, 5th August by the Kaduna state High Court in a ruling by Justice Darius Khobo.
In granting the order, Justice Khobo gave El-Zakzaky and his wife Zeenat leave to travel to India for medical attention. He, however, added that the trip will be under the supervision of the state.
Counsel to El-Zakzaky, Marshal Abubakar, while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the court ruling said, the ruling is a good development.
He said, “the ruling came up today and the court under Justice Darius Khobo graciously agreed with Mr Femi Falana SAN and the various medical reports that were attached to the applications. There were eight medical reports that clearly show the applicants are in dire need of medical treatment abroad.
“The court agreed that they should be allowed immediate treatment that they sort for and with supervision by the of the state.”
However, Counsel to the state government and Director of Public Prosecution, Dari Bayero hinted that they may be appealing the ruling.
According to Bayero, “The context of the court ruling is that Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife are granted leave to travel out for urgent medical attention.
“The court looked through the medical reports filed and believed Mallam is indeed in dire need of medical attention. This is not a bail, but leave to travel.”
“We will go and sit down and study the ruling and explore whether there is need for us to appeal. We have a month to go through that.” He said.
Naija News reports Zakzaky had been in custody since 2015 when he was arrested after he and his followers blocked the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai in Kaduna State.