by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Kaduna State High Court on Wednesday discharged and acquitted leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (INM), Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and wife, Zeenat.
El-Zakzaky was facing charges bordering on culpable homicide, unlawful assembly and disruption of public peace.
While delivering ruling on “no-case submission,” Justice Gideon Kurada stated that the prosecution failed to establish a prima facie case against the defendants.
Briefing Jjournalists shortly after the long-hour secret trial in the court, counsel to the proscribed leader of the IMN, Marshal Abubakar, said, “The trial of Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife has come to an end today. The court has indeed upheld our No-case Submission.
“The court found and quite rightly that the charges that were filed in the year 2018 pursuant to a panel law enacted by the Kaduna State Government in 2017 over offences that were allegedly committed in the year 2015 are ab initio incompetent.
“The court ruled that the charge is incompetent. In the first place, you cannot arraign a person for an offence that was allegedly committed as at the time the state crime was not an offence and the court was very emphatic in that,” he stressed.
Recall that Governor El-Rufai through his Attorney and Commissioner of Justice filed charges against El-Zakzaky and his wife, which include abetment to culpable homicide, among others.