The is palpable tension in the ancient city of Kaduna as the State High Court will rule on the bail application filed by the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenat.
The seating comes one week after the Justice Darius Khobo adjourned till August 5 after listening to the submissions from parties involved in the matter.
El-Zakzaky’s lawyer and human rights activist, Femi Falana (SAN), had filed the application on behalf of his clients on July 18, seeking permission to travel abroad for further medical treatment following the health condition of the Shiites’ leader.
At the resumed hearing on Monday last week, Falana told Justice Khobo that his clients were not in court due to their bad health condition, adding that the health condition of his clients was getting worse by the day. Falana pleaded that only a foreign medical treatment was required to stabilize them to enable them face the main trial.
On his part, the prosecuting counsel, Debris Bayero, had opposed the bail application, saying El-Zakzaky’s medical condition can be treated in the country.
He informed the court that there was no need to release the Shiites’ leader on bail to travel abroad.
El-Zakzaky and his wife are facing an eight-count of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, disturbance of public peace. The charges were filed against them by the Kaduna State Government and the duo were first arraigned in May 2018.
Ahead of today’s sitting, the Kaduna State Police Command gave assurance that adequate security measures have been put in place to ensure a hitch-free court process, also vowing to deal decisively with any person or group of persons who deliberately attempt to violate the ban on all forms of processions and demonstrations across the state.