The Kaduna State High Court has dismissed the ‘No-Submission Case’
filed by Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement of
Nigeria (IMN). Sheikh El-Zakzaky has asked the court to dismiss the
eight-count charge including, disruption of the public peace, unlawful assembly, culpable homicide, among others, on the basis that the government lacked evidence.
Barr. Femi Falana, counsel to Sheikh El-Zakzaky, has asked the court to quash the charges against his client and his client’s wife because the government refused to disclose a crime against his clients, that is known to law according to Section 36 subsection 8 and 12 of the 1999 Constitution as amended. Falana considers the further incarceration of his client as a travesty of Justice.
Justice Gideon Kurada had earlier postponed the ruling for today.
Gleaning from the responses of the lawyers of both Government and El-Zakzaky, the courts noted that the matter is too mature to admit the new positions of the counsel of El-Zakzaky at this time. The court also ruled that the appearance of El-Zakzaky and his wife to court would be needless due to his ill-health. The court reasoned that since his presence usually heightens insecurity and protests in the state.
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