By Mahadi Garba and Abdullahi Isah Wasagu
The detained leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky has described charges against him as ‘rubbish and nonsense’ during a court session today Tuesday 29/9/2020 at the Kaduna High Court.
During the hearing, one of the cousels to Sheikh Zakzaky Abubakar Marshel requested the court to excuse the Sheikh from attending the court. Initially, cousel Bayero Dari objected to the request, saying that section 36 of the constitution stipulated the need for the attendance of the accused person(s). But however, the request was eventually granted.
The presiding judge lamented over how the general public are being disturbed by imposing more security measures whenever the trial is taking place, therefore, urged not to be informing securities when the case is be heard henceforth since the accused person is not going to attend the next hearing.
The ailing leader of the Islamic Movement alongside his wife, Malama Zeenah are facing an eight-count charges bordering between homicide and breach of public peace since 2018.
Counsel to Sheikh Zakzaky, Femi Falana, SAN, is seeking the court to quash the charges against the Islamic cleric.
During the court session in Kaduna in the early hours of Tuesday, said the charges are nothing less than “rubbish and nonsense”.
It would be recalled that, a Federal High Court in Abuja in 2016 had ordered the immediate release of the Islamic cleric who has been in detention since 2015. An order, the Federal Government is yet to comply with.
The Presiding Judge, Justice Gideon Kurada, has adjourned the case for hearing of witnesses to 18th and 19th November, 2020.