Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Court grants El-zakzaky access to medical services – One-eyed shi’ite leader developed glaucoma, Falana claims


Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a 30-year-old graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The High Court in Kaduna on Tuesday ordered the Kaduna State Government to avail the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, Ibrahim Elzakzaky and his wife Zinat, access to medical care.

Justice Gideon Kurada gave the order at the resumed sitting on the case against the duo and two others.

The judge also accepted the withdrawal of charges against the third and fourth defendants, Yahya Yakubu and Sunusi Abdulqadir who were standing trial alongside the IMN leader.

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The prosecution counsel, Dari Bayero, told newsmen after the proceedings that they had withdrawn the charges against the third and fourth defendants.

Mr Bayero added that the court had asked the prosecution to amend its charges to conform with the new development.

Meanwhile, counsel to the defendants, Femi Falana, said that his clients were in dire need of medical attention as they had not been given adequate medical care since December 14, 2015 when they were detained.

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“Malam lost an eye and is in the process of losing the second one because it has developed glaucoma; in the case of the wife, the bullets on her had not been totally extracted”, Mr Falana said.

According to him, doctors would determine where to treat El-Zakzaky and his wife and the type of medical care they would require.

He expressed the hope that their medical condition would improve before March 25, the adjourned date.

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The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Kaduna state government filed an 8-count charge against Elzakzaky, his wife and two others, based in Kano and Katsina.

The IMN Leader, his wife, Yahya and Abdulqadir were charged for alleged conspiracy and abating culpable homicide, among other related offences.

Mr Kurada has adjourned the case till March 25, for hearing on the amended charges.


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