A Kaduna State High court sitting in the Kaduna on Tuesday dismissed the motion of no-case-submission filed by the embattled leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria(IMN) Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife Zeenat.
Both of them are standing trial on eight counts charges of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly and disruption of the public peace, among other allegations.
The IMN leader who was brought to court on Tuesday morning amid tight security, had asked the court to quash the Kaduna State government’s case against them for lack of evidence.
Remember on August 7 in the last sitting, the presiding Judge, Justice Gideon Kurada set September 29 2020, for ruling on the case, after counsel to the defendants, Abubakar Marshall, holding the briefs for the lead counsel, Femi Falana, had asked the court to quash the charges preferred against the IMN leader by the government for not “disclosing an offence known to law contrary to Section 36 (8) and (12) of the 1999 constitution as amended.”
The presiding judge, Justice Gideon Kudafa, thereafter, dismissed the no-case submission, saying that it is premature to rule on the application to quash the charges against the defendants in view of the clear provisions of the Kaduna State Administration of Criminal Justice.
The judge also noted that such application should be ruled on after the defendants might have taken their plea and after hearing on the whole matter has been concluded.
El-Zakzaky and his wife, however, pleaded not guilty when the charges were read before them.
The presiding judge therefore adjourned the case till November 18 and 19 2020, he ordered the continuation of El-Zakzaky and his wife Zeenat’s trails. Channels TV