A Kaduna State High Court has acquitted the leader of a banned Shia group Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) of all eight criminal charges against him, defense and prosecution lawyers said.
The presiding judge, Justice Gideon Kurada in his ruling upholds a no-case submission Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife signed, saying that the prosecution fails to establish prima facie case against the defendants.
El-Zakzaky and his wife, who was arrested and been in detention since 2015, have been facing a range of charges filed by the state government in 2018, including aiding and abetting homicide, unlawful assembly and disruption of public peace.
Counsel to the defendants, Marshal Abubakar representing the lead counsel of the suit, Femi Falana, SAN, told reporters shortly after the trial ended that the court foung the Shai group leader and his wife not guilty of all charges filed against them by the Kaduna state government.
“The court ruled that none of the witnesses we presented in court gave convincing proof that the duos were guilty,” Lead prosecutor Dari Bayero said. “This doesn’t mean they can’t be re-arraigned … we are certainly going to file charges against the duo at appeal.”- He added