August 5th 2019 has been destined to be a historic day, when it will be decided on whose side Justice Darius Khobo of the Kaduna High Court be between justice or impunity as he delivers his ruling on the application brought to it by the leader of the Islamic Movement, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife to seek medical attention outside this country.
If the presiding judge goes with justice, he would consider the overwhelming evidence that shows that the applicants are known to be clearly very ill in detention, consequent on the brutal wounds unjustifiably inflicted on them by the state agents in the name of Nigerian army, the resultant prolonged dehumanizing detention in the custody of the Department of State Security (DSS) and the obvious poisoning of the Sheikh. As a result of all these physical and psychological stresses, the Sheikh suffered series of mild strokes and is at the risk of further recurrences.
Furthermore, he will consider that the ailing Sheikh had lost one eye following the military attack and is at a severe risk of losing sight completely in the other. Justice Darius will also take into cognizance that Sheikh Zakzaky is now found to have more than twenty times the toxic levels of lead poison in his body!
Similarly, the wife has been under excruciating pains with shrapnel deeply lodged in her body for all these years of inhuman conditions in detention. She now is able to ambulate only with the use of a wheelchair.
He will favourable regard the report of the foreign medical experts that earlier in the year assessed their health condition and posited they will require further treatment in a specialized centre, which are only available outside Nigeria.
If Darius would be on the side of truth and justice, he grant the application because, undoubtedly, both risk losing their lives if favourable ruling is denied or further delayed.
On the contrary, should Justice Darius Khobo side with tyranny and impunity, he will disregard the evidence of ill health of the duo evidenced by their inability to attend to their two previous court sessions. He will side with impunity if he fails to consider that the state prosecuting the case wishes only to prolong the case for no obvious reasons other than they are in power. He would side with impunity if he allows himself to be intimidated by an arrogant government that is always seeking to arm twist judiciary to do its bidding, even against evidence and against all odds.m
Certainly, Justice Darius is on the verge of making history like the illustrious Justice Kolawole, then of the Federal High Court in Abuja or letting history mar his carrier in shame.
It is in a matter of a few hours now.