Shi’ites kick as court orders DSS to transfer El-Zakzaky, wife to Kaduna

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A Kaduna High Court on Thursday ordered the Department of State Services (DSS) to transfer the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), also called the Shi’ites, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, to the Nigerian Correctional Centre in Kaduna.

This is to allow his lawyers and doctors have easy access to them.

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But members of the movement opposed the transfer on the ground that it was a ploy to humiliate their leader and subject him to hardship.

The court order was delivered by Justice Gideon Kurada following the application by Haruna Magashi, counsel to the IMN leader, at the resumed hearing of the case in Kaduna.

The order came eight months after the last hearing of the case in April, 2019, when El-Zakzaky and Zeenat went for an unsuccessful medical attention in India.

The duo were arraigned for alleged culpable homicide, unlawful assembly and disruption of public peace, among other charges, in another court.

They have been in custody of the DSS since 2015.

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Justice Kurada, on April 25, 2019, adjourned the trial of the IMN leader indefinitely to enable him (judge) serve on the panel of the Presidential and National Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal in Yobe State.

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