The Kaduna government has vowed to appeal the acquittal of Ibrahim El-Zakzaky’s

Ibrahim El-Zakzaky

The Kaduna State Government has announced that it will appeal the state high court’s decision on Wednesday, which dismissed and acquitted Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), of all charges brought against him by the state government.

The no-case submission by Mr El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, was upheld by Justice Gideon Kurada of the Kaduna State High Court.

The allegations were retrospective, according to the court, because they were charged by the state government for an alleged act that was not a crime at the time it was allegedly performed.

The charges were filed against Mr El-Zakzaky and his wife in 2018, according to the court, in accordance with a Penal Law issued by the state government in 2017, for an alleged crime committed in 2015.

Dari Bayero, the chief prosecutor said on Thursday night that the government would undoubtedly appeal the case.

“We are going to appeal, there is no doubt about it,” Mr Bayero added. We were able to secure the court judgment because we disagreed with My Lord’s rationale and conclusion. It does not correspond to the circumstances on the ground.”

The Decision

According to Sadau Garba, one of the defendants’ lawyers, the court found that the eight-count indictment filed in 2018 against Mr El-Zakzaky was filed in accordance with the state government’s criminal code issued in 2017, whereas the defendants were accused of committing the crime in 2015.

The trial of Mr El-Zakzaky and his wife Zeenat has come to an end, according to the lead counsel for the defendants, Marshal Abubakar, who represented the case’s counsel, Femi Falana SAN, who told reporters that the court found them not guilty of the alleged crime filed against them by the Kaduna State government.

Mr Abubakar stated, “The court determined that the accusation was incompetent because the court acknowledged that El-Zakzaky and his wife had committed no offence.”

You may also like...