El-Zakzaky, wife Zeenat know fate next week


Leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat will know on 5 August whether they could go on a medical leave in India.

Justice Darius Khobo of Kaduna State High Court said he would give a ruling on El-Zakzaky’s application after lawyers for El-Zakzaky and the state presented their cases.

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) leader and his wife applied for medical bail citing poor health in detention.

Counsel to the respondents, who is also the Kaduna State Director of Public Prosecution, Mr Dari Bayero, briefed newsmen, shortly after the court hearing in Kaduna.

Bayero said the adjournment was sequel to the argument put forth by counsel to both parties on the application.

He said that his team had examined the eight medical reports by both Nigerian and foreign doctors that accompanied the IMN leader’s application.

According to him, they had argued that there are several medical facilities in the country that can handle the medical needs of the IMN leader and his wife.

Justice Khobo had granted the request of the Kaduna state government to review and respond to El-Zakzaky’s application.

Counsel to the applicants, Femi Falana (SAN), told newsmen after Monday’s adjournment that his clients, El-Zakzaky and wife Zeenat, were in dire need of medical attention.

Falana said that his clients had not been given adequate medical care since their detention on Dec. 14, 2015.He expressed concern over the continued deteriorating condition of his client’s health, who he said had already lost an eye and about to lose the second one if nothing is done.

According to him, bullet pellets are still in his clients’ bodies since 2015 and needed to be removed.

Falana explained that the IMN leader was not in court because his health was “very bad”, noting that even during the last appearance, he could not climb the staircase to the courtroom.

“That is why we applied that he be excused from appearance in court and was granted.

“The pellets had resulted to lead poison and needed to be urgently removed by highly professional medical personnel, ” Falana said.

He expressed the hope that the Court would grant El-Zakzaky and his wife permission to travel for urgent medical care.

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