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KDSG says will appeal court ruling granting El-Zazaky, wife leave to seek medical attention



The Kaduna State Government will appeal against the ruling of a High Court granting the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Malam Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenah, leave to travel to India for medical attention.

In a statement in Kaduna on Wednesday,  Mr Samuel Aruwan, the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs,  said while the state  respected the  ruling, it disagreed with the premises on which it was based.

“Therefore, an appeal will be lodged on the matter, but a stay of execution will not be sought,” Aruwan said.

On Monday, a Kaduna State High Court granted an application for medical leave filed by  El-Zakzaky and his wife,  Zeenah.

The couple is facing criminal trial at the court on eight counts, including culpable homicide punishable with death, filed in April 2018.

El-Zakzaky’s application for bail was refused on Oct. 4 ,2018, and he has since remained in the lawful custody of the state.

According to the government, certain conditions will have to be met for the Islamic cleric and his wife to travel to India for medical treatment.

“In compliance with the court ruling, the Kaduna State Government has filed at the Kaduna High Court terms for strict supervision of the medical leave, as follows:

“The sureties must also produce evidence of landed property within Kaduna State.”

“As is readily evident from the above, many of these terms of supervision depend for their actualisation on actions by the Federal Government of Nigeria which is the sovereign power vested with the constitutional responsibility for foreign affairs.”

Nigeria News Agency recalls that on April 19, 2018, Kaduna State Government charged  El-Zakzaky, Zeenah, Yakubu Yahaya Katsina and Sanusi Abdulkadir Koki with criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide and unlawful assembly.

Other charges against the defendants are wrongful restraint, disturbance of public peace,  voluntarily causing grievous hurt, inciting disturbance and breach of public peace in contravention of the Penal Code Law of Kaduna State.


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