A Kaduna High Court has adjourned sitting on the widely awaited case involving the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria IMN, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky following the inability of state counsel to produce all the defendants before the court.
Addressing newsmen, the Kaduna state Director Dublic of Prosecution Barr. Dari Bayero explained that the case had to be adjourned because the Vice President Yomi Osinbajo is visiting Kaduna state and there is not enough security for the two incidences.
The court has adjourned the case to the 7th of November when all the defendants will be present for hearing before the court.
“We could not bring him to court because of security concern, you know the vice president is visiting Kaduna, security is stretched” he stated.
Dari said as a result of this the prosecution asked that the presence of the defendant be excused for today’s proceedings and the court graciously accepted.
On the third and forth respondents who were also absent from the court, Dari said that a bench warrant had been given by the court for their arrest and they are going to ensure that they are brought before the court.
“The court adjourned the case to the 7th of November for further mention so that all the issues surrounding the application for bail, the presence of the third and forth defendants and all other applications that each party has will be taken together that day so that hearing proper in the case will commence” he stated.
He said that the judge will finalise on the bail application of the first and second respondents on the next hearing date.
The Counsel to the respondents, Barr. Maxwell Kyon told newsmen that not much of progress has been made so far in the case due to the adjournment of the case to a further date.
It would be recalled that there is a written application for bail of Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife Malama Zeenat Ibrahim for which the judge was expected to decide on today for which it is widely expected that the court would decide in his favor.
Another court in the state had earlier released some members of the IMN on a no case submission a few months back.