The embattled leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat are absent as their trial resumed on Monday, January 25, 2021, at the Kaduna State High Court.
Security has been beefed up in the State capital, as well as all roads leading to the High Court complex.
During Monday’s Vourt sitting, the Prosecuting Counsel Dari Bayero is expected to bring the remaining witnesses including a GOC of the Nigerian Army.
The presiding Judge, Justice Gideon Kurada had on December 11, 2020, adjourned the case to January 25, 2021, after the prosecution counsel presented six witnesses before the Court.
Channels TV reports that the prosecuting counsel had initially presented two witnesses from the Nigerian Army who testified in secret before the Court, while a Director from the State Security Services and three residents of Gyallesu in Zaria were among the four witnesses that were admitted as witnesses.
The witnesses were also cross-examined by the Defence Counsel, Mr Femi Falana.
El-Zakzaky and his wife are facing trial on an eight-count charge bordering on alleged culpable homicide, unlawful assembly and disruption of the public peace among other charges, to which they both pleaded not guilty on Sept. 29, 2020.
Both of them are being detained at the Nigerian Correctional facility in Kaduna State on the orders of the Court.
Last week, members of the IMN renewed calls for their release, claiming that Elzakzaky wife had tested positive for COVID-19 inside the Detention centre.