From Jibrin Miachi, Kaduna
Frantic effort to get the detained leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), otherwise known as ‘Shi’ite’, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife Zeenat out on bail for medical attention has suffered a setback.
This is sequel to the adjournment of hearing indefinitely on the bail application when the case holding at Kaduna state High Court 4 came up yesterday, Monday.
The Kaduna State High Court 4 on Monday, adjourned indefinitely
The unexpected adjournment was occasioned by the appointment of the presiding judge, Mr Justice Gideon Kurada as Chairman of the Presidential and National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal in Yobe State.
The bail being sought by lawyers to the IMN leader, was to able him travel abroad for medical treatment.
It would be recalled that El-Zakzaky had been in detention since December 15, 2015 following the clash between the IMN group and the Nigerian Army which led to loss of lives.
The court had in its last sitting in January 22, adjourned till March 25, 2019 for further hearing on the bail application but in the resumed hearing on Monday to argue for the application, the suit was adjourned “sine dine”.
While announcing his new assignment, the Presiding Judge urged both the Prosecution and Defence Counsels, to either re-assign the case to another judge or wait till the end of his assignment for the continuation of the case.
But the Counsels agreed for indefinite (sin dine) adjournment, pending when the judge would have completed his assignment in Yobe State.
El-Zakzaky’s lead counsel, Femi Falana prayed the court to give a mandatory order for his clients to be flown abroad to receive proper medical attention.
This, he said, was because the government had since the detention of his clients, failed to cure them of the injuries during the clash between the IMN and the Nigerian Army.
Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, who spoke to journalists shortly after the court proceeding, insisted the IMN leader, wife were not in court because they were in need of urgent medical attention.
“The Court has adjourned Sine die (indefinitely). My clients are yet to access any form of medical attention even after the court had ordered so,” he said.