A Kaduna State High Court has discharged and acquitted the embattled leader of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat.
The IMN leader and his wife stood trial over allegations of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, disruption of public peace, among other criminal charges since December 2015, following a clash between his followers and the convoy of the then Chief of Army Staff, Lt-General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, in Zaria.
In a ruling that lasted over 8 hours, the presiding judge, Justice Gideon Kurada upheld the no-case submission filed by Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife in a case filed against them by the Kaduna state government.
The judge in his ruling held that the prosecution failed to establish a prima facie case against the defendants.
Justice Gideon Kurada had fixed July 28 for ruling in the no-case submission filed by Zakzaky after the prosecution and counsel to the defendants addressed the court on the no-case submission prayer.
The duo were released on Wednesday after the state high court presided over by Gideon Kurada upheld the no-case submission filed by their lawyer, Femi Falana.
Falana, who is also a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), had, on July 1, argued that all the 15 witnesses presented by the prosecution counsel were unable to establish any connection between the alleged crimes and Sheikh El-Zakzaky and his wife.
He prayed the court to rule in favour of his clients and dismiss the charges levelled
against them as there was no criminal case that had been established against them so far by the Kaduna State government.
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