…His appearance destabilizes business activities in Kaduna
…Case adjourned to March 24th
By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, has now completely lost an eye with the second under attack to glaucoma. Lead counsel to the movement, Femi Falana, revealed that the IMN leader may soon lose the second, if not given speedy attention.
He disclosed this in an interview on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, after the matter came up for hearing. Falana also disclosed that El-Zakzaky’s wife, Zeenat, has bullets yet to be extracted from her system.
The confessions came, as a High Court in the state adjourned to March 24th, the case between the state government and the Shi’ite group, the Islamic Movement in Nigeria.
Falana insisted that, of great concern to the legal team of the IMN is the tedious health of Sheikh El-Zakzaky and his wife.
Dari Bayero, Counsel to Kaduna Govt, said that two defendants in the case have been dropped, with only the first and second being the Sheikh and his wife left. The Shi’ites’ leader was brought to the court amidst heavily armed security personnel. And, as usual, roads around the court were blocked for security reasons.
Journalists were again denied access into the court premises to monitor the proceedings. They stayed for hours, waiting for prosecuting and defense counsels, and latter told newsmen that the case was adjourned with activities in the buildup.
For now, the Sheikh and his wife would remain in custody until a decision is made on where they would be accorded medical attention. His legal team is optimistic they would be flown abroad for that purpose.
Meanwhile, the metropolitan city of Kaduna state was amply destabilized on Tuesday, owning to the presence of leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, standing trial at the Kaduna High court.
Pedestrians, commercial movement and businesstransactions were largely grounded, and people intimidated and frustrated by security operatives deployed to Kaduna main town to prevent occurrence of any eventually by members of the movement.
The entire Ahmadu Bello Way, from Katsina Roundabout, to popular NEPA Roundabout were barricaded with police security, and vehicular and pedestrian movement of people were restricted in many places until late in the afternoon. Independence Way and all the proximate roads linking it from Ahmadu Bello Way were also manned by security personnel, causing untold hardship to both pedestrians and motorists.