The High Court in Kaduna State on Monday adjourned the trial of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), otherwise known as Shi’ites, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zinat indefinitely.
Justice Gideon Kurada, the trial Judge, adjourned the case due to his appointment to serve as a judge in the Presidential and National Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal in Yobe.
El-Zakzaky and his wife, who have been in custody since December 2015, were dragged to the state high court for unlawful assembly, and disruption of public peace, etc.
While discussing with newsmen shortly after the adjournment was pronounced, lead counsel to the defendants, Femi Falana SAN said, the case was adjourned because Justice Kurada is serving as a judge in election petition tribunal.
The dogged Senior Advocate said, aside absence of the trial Judge, Sheikh El-Zakzaky and his wife Zinat, were in serious need of medical attention, the reason they could not appear in court.
He alleged that the IMN leader and his wife had not been given adequate medical care since Dec. 14, 2015, when they were detained.
According to him, the Court adjourned Sine die, meaning indefinitely. He said his clients are yet to access any form of medical attention even after the court had ordered so.
He stated “The Case had to be adjourned as both my clients need time to attend to their health.