Kaduna State High court has dismissed the motion of no-case submission filed by the embattled leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria IMN Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zazaky and his wife Zeenat.
Zakzaky and his wife are standing trial on eight counts culpable homicide, unlawful assembly and disruption of the public peace, among other allegations.
The IMN leader who was brought to court on Tuesday amid tight security, had asked the court to quash the Kaduna State government’s case against them for lack of evidence.
The prosecution counsel, Dari Bayero, also adopted his final arguments in the matter.
The presiding judge, Justice Gideon Kudafa, thereafter, dismissed the no-case submission, saying that it is premature to rule on the application to quash the charges against the defendants in view of the clear provisions of the Kaduna State Administration of Criminal Justice.
The judge also noted that such application should be ruled on after the defendants might have taken their plea and after hearing on the whole matter has been concluded.
El-Zakzaky and his wife, however, pleaded not guilty when the charges were read before them.
The case was adjourned to November 18 and 19, 2020 for continuation of trial and to enable the prosecution counsel to present his evidence before the court.
Zakzaky and his wife were arrested and detained since December 2015 following a clash between IMN members and the Nigerian Army in Zaria, Kaduna State.