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Kaduna Govt Files Fresh Charges Against El-Zakzaky

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The Kaduna State Government has filed fresh charges against the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

Recall that Justice Gideon Kurada of the Kaduna State High Court had discharged and acquitted El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat of all charges levelled against them.

The judge ruled that the charges against El-Zakzaky and his wife were not supposed to be filed, as the state government cannot arraign someone for a crime that was not an offence at the time.

Justice Kurada had found that the charges were filed against the duo in 2018 pursuant to the Penal Law enacted by the state government in 2017 over an alleged offence committed in 2015.

Speaking with Daily Trust on Thursday, counsel to the state government, Dari Bayero, said fresh charges have been filed against the IMN leader under the Treason and Treasonable Offences Act before a Federal High Court.

Bayero, however, said it was not in agreement with the reasoning and conclusion of Justice Kurada, noting that the government would appeal the case.

He said, “We are going to appeal, there is no doubt about it, in fact, we have obtained the court judgement because we are not in agreement with my Lord’s reasoning and conclusion, it is not in consonance with the facts on ground.”

Ige Olugbenga is a fine-grained journalist. He loves the smell of a good lead and has a penchant for finding out something nobody else knows. Gbenga is an alumnus of the prestigious Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State and The Polytechnic, Ibadan.