Court discharges, acquits Zakzaky, wife

Kaduna State High Court has acquitted Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife Zeenah of all the charges preferred against them by the Kaduna State Government.

The presiding judge, Justice Gideon Kurada, upheld the no-case submission filed by Zakzaky and his wife over the charges against them which included culpable homicide, unlawful assembly and disruption of public peace.

Leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky leaves the court premises after he was discharged and acquitted by the judge in Kaduna

The judge said the prosecution failed to establish a prima facie case against the defendants.

Responding to the ruling, the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), in a statement by its spokesman Ibrahim Musa said, “Today, Wednesday, 28/07/2021 the Kaduna State High Court presided by Justice Gideon Kurada delivered a favourable judgment in the ‘no case submission’ filed by the defense lawyers on the case brought against the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife, Malama Zeenah Ibrahim, who were standing trial for sundry trumped up charges, including that of aiding and abetting culpable homicide punishable by death.

“With this victory in court today, the false charges filed against them has finally been punctured for good after almost five years of excruciating illegal detention,” Musa said, adding that the ruling has not only vindicated them and all members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, but it is certainly a victory for perseverance in the face of extreme persecution by the Nigerian government. It is a victory for truth and justice against tyranny and impunity.”

The IMN thanked “all people of conscience, human rights activists and organizations, journalists and all those that joined in our dogged campaign for justice for the victims of Zaria genocide for the past five years.”

Also responding, Senator Shehu Sani said “the discharge and acquittal of the leader of the Islamic Movement Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky and his wife is a welcome development and triumph of the rule of law.

“Kudos to the Judge and the Falana legal team. Let love take over our hearts away from hate and persecution.”

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