Trial Of Sheikh Zakzaky, Wife Adjourned To January 2021
NOVEMBER 19, 2020 AT 1:20:25 PM
By MARYAM AHMADU-SUKA, KADUNA
The trial of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenat, which began on Wednesday at the Kaduna State High Court has been adjourned to 25 and 26 January, 2021.
The President, Media Forum of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim Musa has however said the two- months adjournment is of great concern to members of the movement considering the deteriorating health of the Sheikh and his wife.
The new date was fixed following the admission of six witnesses tendered by the prosecution counsel led by Dari Bayero.
The State presented two army officers who testified in secret before Justice Gideon Kurada of the Kaduna High Court on Wednesday.
A director from State Security Services, DSS, was among four witnesses admitted on Wednesday.
The others are residents of Gyallesu where the Sheikh lived before the army’s attack in December 2015.
Though the testimony was given in secret, the officers and other witnesses were put under cross-examination and they gave evidence of the operation that lasted between the 12th and the 14th of December 2015.
Dari Bayero promised the court to bring the remaining witnesses, including a GOC when the hearing resumes next year.
The Kaduna State Government charged Sheikh Zakzaky and Zeenah with eight counts bordering on alleged culpable homicide, unlawful assembly and disruption of public peace among other charges, to which they both pleaded not guilty on September 29th, 2020.