Why Kaduna High Court Adjourned Indefinitely Case Involving Sheikh Zakzaky

The Kaduna State High Court has again adjourned the trial of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky and his wife, Malama Zeenat, indefinitely to make room for the presiding judge, Justice Gideon Kurada to serve as judge in the Presidential and National Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal in Yobe.

At the resumed hearing today, the judge had called counsels on both sides and offered two options to agree on, either to transfer the case to another court whose judge would be available for the duration the judge would be serving at the election tribunal or to wait until he completes his assignment at the tribunal. The defense lawyers chose the later after an extensive consultation on the pros and cons of either option. The case was consequently adjourned indefinitely.

Addressing journalists after the adjournment, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and lead counsel to the defendants, Femi Falana explained to journalists that apart from the judge’s absence, the period would be used to avail his clients with the necessary urgent medical attention they required. He noted further that both could not appear in court because of their various worsening health conditions.

Both Sheikh Zakzaky and Malama Zeenah have not received adequate medical care since they were fatally shot on 14th December, 2015 by the Nigerian army. Both are yet to access any form of medical attention even after the court had ordered so the last time the court sad in January this year.

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