Court Adjourns Ruling On El-Zakzaky’s Bail Application For Medical Treatment Abroad

The Kaduna State High Court, on Thursday, adjourned its ruling on the application filed by the embattled leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, for permission to travel abroad for medical treatment again.

The presiding judge, Justice Darius Khobo adjourned the matter to July 29, 2019, to rule on the application.

However Counsel to Elzakzaky,  Femi Falana told the court that the health condition of his client is getting worse by the day, hence the need for him to seek urgent medical treatment abroad.

Falana informed the court in a written application that his client is in dire need of medical attention, having lost one of his eyes while in custody of the Department of State Service noting that Elzakzaky and his wife, Zinat have not been given adequate medical care since their detention on December 14, 2015.

In his submission, the Kaduna State Director of Public Prosecution, Dari Bayero, Objected to Elzakzaky’s application, on the grounds that Nigerian medical Doctors are yet to be invited to ascertain if he should be treated locally or abroad.

The leader of the Shiites movement and his wife are facing trial over allegations of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, and disruption of the public peace, among other charges filed against them by the Kaduna state government.

They were first arraigned on May 15, 2018, following their arrest in Zaria, in December 2015.