Kaduna court adjourns Zakzaky’s trial to March 31

A Kaduna State High Court has adjourned to March 31 the trial of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky and his wife Zeenat.

Justice Gideon Kurada adjourned the case to allow the prosecution to close its case as promised.

The prosecuting counsel, Chris Umar, said after the court sitting that he would present one more witness at the next adjourned date, after which he will close his case.

Umar said that the prosecution has so far presented 14 witnesses in the case, adding that the court has also admitted several items in evidence, but declined to mention the items.

Among the witnesses include two Army officers, a retired director of State Security Service (SSS), police officers and a medical doctor who testified before the court.

On his part, the defence counsel, Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, said that items including video recordings, Dane guns, sim cards among other items were admitted in evidence by the court.

Falana said his team will open defence in the case after the prosecution closed its case on the adjourned date.

Zakzaky and his wife are standing trial on an eight-count charge bordering on alleged culpable homicide, unlawful assembly and disruption of public peace, among others.

Meanwhile, Kaduna residents have heaved a sigh of relief over the adjournment of the case which was earlier billed to hold on Monday and Tueday.

Dateline Nigeria reports that many motorists were held up in traffic for hours due to the closure of roads in the metropolis as a result of the case as well as ongoing road constructions works

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