JUST IN: Court discharges, acquits El-Zakzaky, wife of culpable homicide allegation

El-Zakzaky and wife

A Kaduna State High Court has discharged and acquitted the leader of the outlawed Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheik Ibrahim El- Zakzaky and his wife, Zinat

On Wednesday, in a ruling that lasted over eight hours, the presiding judge, Justice Gideon Kurada upheld the no-case submission filed by Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife.

Solacebase reports that the Kaduna state government had dragged the duo to court for alleged culpable homicide, unlawful assembly and disruption of public peace levelled against them by

The judge in his ruling held that the prosecution failed to establish a prima facie case against the defendants.

El-Zakzaky and his wife Zeenat Ibrahim have been standing trial for four years on an eight-count charge of alleged culpable homicide,  disruption of public peace and unlawful Assembly among others levelled against them by the Kaduna state government.

The defendants were brought to court on Wednesday morning by officials of the Nigerian Correctional service amidst tight security.

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Their lead counsel and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria,  Mr Femi Falana, had on July 1,  argued that all the 15 witnesses presented by the prosecution counsel were unable to establish any connection between the alleged crimes and Sheikh El-Zakzaky and his wife.

Falana then prayed the court to rule in favour of his clients and dismiss the charges levelled against them as there was no criminal case that has been established against them so far by the Kaduna State Government.

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