The Kaduna State High Court has ordered the Kaduna State Government to avail the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibrahim Elzakzaky, and his wife Zeenat, access to medical care. Justice Gideon Kurada gave the order at the resumed sitting on the case agaist the duo and two others.
The judge also accepted the withdrawal of charges against the third and fourth defendants, Yahya Yakubu and Sunusi Abdulqadir, who were standing trial alongside the IMN leader. The prosecution counsel, Dari Bayero, told newsmen after the proceedings that they had withdrawn the charges against the third and fourth defendants. Bayero added that the court had asked the prosecution to amend its charges to conform with the new development.
Meanwhile, counsel to the defendants, Femi Falana, said that his clients were in dire need of medical attention as they had not been given adequate medical care since Dec. 14, 2015 when they were detained. Falana said: “Malam lost an eye and is in the process of losing the second one because it has developed glaucoma; in the case of the wife, the bullets on her had not been totally extracted”. According to him, doctors would determine where to treat El-Zakzaky and his wife and the type of medical care they would require. He expressed the hope that their medical condition would improve before March 25, the adjourned date.
Recall that the Kaduna State Government, filed an 8-count charge against Elzakzaky, his wife and two others, based in Kano and Katsina. The IMN Leader, his wife, Yahya and Abdulqadir were charged for alleged conspiracy and abating culpable homicide, among other related offences.
Justice Kurada, has adjourned the case till March 25, for hearing on the amended charges.