Kaduna court denies El-Zakzaky, wife bail, to remain in DSS custody

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A Kaduna State High Court has denied the bail application filed by counsel to the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenatu, ordering that the two accused persons should remain in the custody of the Department of State Services, DSS, throughout the duration of their trial.

The 65-year-old IMN leader is facing trial for alleged murder, culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, and disruption of public peace, among other charges. El-Zakzaky and his wife were first arraigned on May 15, 2018, following their arrest in Zaria in December 2015, after members of his group had a clash with the Chief of Army Staff’ convoy in Zaria.

Delivering ruling in the bail application on Wednesday in Kaduna, Justice Gideon Kurada said the accused persons have not shown any substantial medical evidence to grant them bail in their written application. He then adjourned the matter to 22nd January, 2019, for accelerated hearing.

Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Police Command on Wednesday restricted movement in Kaduna metropolis over the trial of the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, better known as Shi’ites.

The police, in a statement by its Public Relations Officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo, warned that the ban on all forms of demonstration or processions is still in full force and called on Kaduna residents to beware of their movement.

“In view of the Court Trial of Ibrahim El-Zakzaky on Wednesday 7th Nov, 2018, the peace loving and law abiding people of Kaduna State are to note that adequate security has been put in place for a hitch-free court appearance, However, members of the public are advised to remain calm and not to be apprehensive where they observe unusual number of security personnel in town.”

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