Thursday, January 9, 2020 4:13 pm
Kaduna State Government has said it has no intention of withdrawing the eight-count charge, including culpable homicide punishable with death, against Ibrahim El Zakzaky, leader of the proscribed Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) and Zeenat, his wife.
Aisha Dikko, Kaduna State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice said this on Thursday in obvious reaction to calls for the release of the IMN leader.
Dikko, in a statement issued in Kaduna on Thursday said the fate of El Zazaky and his wife is in the hands of the court and the government would leave it to the court to decide the case.
She added that the ongoing legal processes should not be the subject of media campaign or pressure of any kind, affirming that the state government
She recalled that the court had earlier refused the accused persons’ application for bail following their arraignment in August 2018.
The attorney general maintained that “there is no court order pending against the Kaduna State Government on the matter.
“Rulings and orders that were secured against the Federal Government do not have any bearing against the Kaduna State Government which was not a party to those proceedings and against whom no orders were made.
“Any issues regarding compliance or non-compliance with a court order by the DSS or the Federal Government cannot be used to vitiate the judicial proceedings the Kaduna State Government has commenced against the El-Zakzakys.’’
‘’At its last sitting on 5th December 2019, the Court adjourned hearing in the matter to 6th February 2020, and ordered the transfer of the couple from DSS facilities to the Kaduna Correctional Centre for the duration of trial,’’ she added.
“It is the High Court that will decide the case, and the rule of law demands respect for the prerogatives of the court and the ongoing legal process,’’ she added.
Dikko expressed the hope that all parties have learnt the necessary lessons from the debacle that the New Delhi trip of the IMN leader, adding that due process of law should be allowed to take its course.
The statement recalls that an eight-count charge was filed against some accused persons on April 19, 2018, including El Zakzaky and his wife, “after months of painstaking investigation, which covered a period of about three decades.”
According to her, others charged to court included Yakubu Yahaya Katsina and Sanusi Abdulkadir Koki for alleged criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide punishable with death and unlawful assembly.
Other charges included alleged wrongful restraint, disturbance of public peace and voluntarily causing grievous hurt as well as inciting disturbance, and breach of public peace, she added.