After standing trial for the past four years on an 8-count-charge, the embattled leader of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife have been freed by a Kaduna State High Court.
In a ruling that lasted over 8 hours, Justice Gideon Kurada upheld the no-case submission filed by Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife.
In an alleged culpable homicide, unlawful assembly and disruption of public peace levelled against them by the Kaduna state government.
The court held that the prosecution failed to establish a prima facie case against the defendants.
Both of them were brought to court on Wednesday morning by officials of the Nigerian Correctional service amidst tight security.
Their lead counsel and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, had on July 1, argued that all the 15 witnesses presented by the prosecution counsel were unable to establish any connection between the alleged crimes and Sheikh El-Zakzaky and his wife.
On Saturday, December 12, 2015, members of the Islamic Movement blocked the road and refused the then Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Tukur Buratai, who was on a journey at the time, from continuing with his travel.
Army authorities have accused the movement of attempting to kill the Chief of Army staff.
The army visited the movement with force at their Zaria base where a yet to be confirmed number were killed.
The leader of the movement, Sheikh El-Zakzaky, his wife and others were arrested.
They have been in detention since then till their acquittal on Wednesday.C