The Kaduna state High Court, presided by Justice Hannatu Gwada could not sit today as earlier scheduled in continuation of hearing in the case of alleged culpable homicide against the remaining members of the Islamic Movement arrested since December 2015 in Zaria.
The case was adjourned at the last sitting in the preceding legal year and was slated for continuation of hearing today on resumption from the court vacation for a new legal year, which incidentally also commenced today.
Scores of members of the Islamic Movement arrested in Zaria since December 2015 remain in detention in Kaduna prison, facing charges including that of alleged culpable homicide of Corporal Dan Kaduna. It is the same charges that another Kaduna state High court earlier discharged and acquitted close to a hundred other members of the Movement towards the close of the last legal year following a “no case” submission entered by the defense counsels.
The case was separately filed in another high court because of the mere numbers of those standing trial for the alleged offences as no single court hall could contain them all.
Considering that it is the same case and charges, the same witnesses and exhibits and the same high court, it remains to be seen how this case would go.
According to the Free Zakzaky Campaign Committee, “we remain very optimistic that this case would similarly be decided in favour of the victims as the other case, because truth is sacrosanct and justice is universal.”
No new date has been fixed for continuation.