Trans­fer El-zakzaky, wife to Kaduna pri­son, Court tells DSS

The Punch - - NEWS - God­win Isenyo, Kaduna

THE Kaduna State High Court on Thurs­day or­dered the Depart­ment of State Ser­vices to trans­fer the leader of the Is­lamic Move­ment in Nige­ria, Sheikh Ibra­heem Elza­kzaky, and his wife, Zeenat, to the Nige­rian Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre, Kaduna.

Jus­tice Gideon Ku­rada gave the or­der at the re­sumed hear­ing of the main suit in

Kaduna.

This was eight months af­ter the last hear­ing in April.

The trial judge’s or­der was se­quel to the ap­pli­ca­tion by Haruna Ma­gashi, coun­sel for the IMN leader.

Trans­fer­ring the Shi’ite leader to Kaduna, ac­cord­ing to the judge, would en­able his lawyers to have ac­cess to him when­ever the need arises.

The Shi’ite leader his wife are stand­ing and trial over al­le­ga­tions of cul­pa­ble homi­cide, un­law­ful as­sem­bly and dis­rup­tion of pub­lic peace, among other charges.

Ku­rada had, on April 25, ad­journed the trial of the IMN leader in­def­i­nitely to en­able him to serve on the panel of the Pres­i­den­tial and Na­tional As­sem­bly Elec­tion Pe­ti­tions Tri­bunal, in Yobe.

Coun­sel for El-zakzaky, Ma­gashi, who held brief for lead coun­sel, Femi Falana (SAN), ap­plied for his clients’ trans­fer to the Nige­ria Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre, Kaduna.

Speak­ing shortly af­ter the ad­journ­ment of the case till Fe­bru­ary 6, 2020 for fur­ther hear­ing, Ma­gashi told news­men that the le­gal team of the IMN leader had had dif­fi­culty when­ever they wanted to see Elza­kzaky at the DSS de­ten­tion fa­cil­ity.

He added that lawyers would have easy ac­cess to the IMN leader and his wife if trans­ferred to the cor­rec­tional fa­cil­ity in Kaduna and that would speed up the trial of his clients.

But the pros­e­cu­tion coun­sel led by Dari Bayero, Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tion at the State Min­istry of Jus­tice, told jour­nal­ists that his team was pre­pared for the trial of Elza­kzaky and his wife but it was stalled.

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