El-Zakzaky, wife arraigned in court
Sheik Ibrahim El-zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), was arraigned before the Kaduna High Court.
The Kaduna State Government on Tuesday arraigned the leader of Shiites who have been in detention since 2015.
The IMN leader, together with his wife is being arraigned on eight counts of alleged culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, disturbance of public peace, among other allegations.
Both of the accusers were brought to the court from Abuja, the nation’s capital in two black SUVs amidst tight security.
At the commencement of the hearing, the defense counsel, Mr. Maxwell Kyon, made an oral application for the couple because they had been in detention for over two years without trial.
Justice Kurada, however, refused the oral application made by Mr. Kyon and told him instead file a written request which will be heard before or on the next adjourned date.
Consequently, he adjourned the case till June 21, 2018.
El-zakzaky and his wife have been held in prison without trial since his arrest by the Nigerian government in December 2015.
While his followers regularly take to the streets to protest his prolonged detention, Tuesday’s arraignment sparked a fresh protest as the members blocked the popular Ahmadu Bello way and other major roads in the state capital to demand his release.