The transfer of embattled leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife to a correctional center in the state has been ordered by a Kaduna state high court sitting in the state capital.
According to the trial judge, Justice Gideon Kudafa, the decision to remand the IMN leader and his wife in a correctional facility is in a bid to enable their lawyers and doctors to have easy access to them.
Justice Kudafa, therefore, adjourned the trial commencement till February 6th, 2020.
Naija News recalls Elzakzaky is facing trial over allegations of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, and disruption of the public peace, among other charges.
On March 26th, Justice Kudafa had on March had adjourned the case indefinitely following his appointment as a member of the Election Petition Tribunal in Yobe State.
During the last proceedings, El-Zakzaky and his wife were not in court, although their counsel, Femi Falana, claimed that their absence was due to their deteriorated health conditions.
He and his wife (Zeenat) were denied bail by the presiding judge during the last sitting on January 22, 2018.
In the application for bail filed by El Zakzaky’s lawyer, Femi Falana, on his behalf at the last sitting, the legal practitioner prayed the court to give a mandatory order for his client and his wife to be flown abroad, explaining that it would enable them to receive proper medical attention.
Consequently, on August the 5th, the presiding judge, Justice Darius Khobo ordered that the IMN leader and his wife be accompanied abroad by officials of the Kaduna State government.
The presiding judge ruled that El-Zakzaky and his wife should proceed to India for medical treatment, after which they will return to Nigeria to face their trial.
The couple, however, returned a few days after, complaining that the doctors assigned to take care of them aren’t the ones initially agreed to.