Nigerian court orders immediate release of Sheikh Zakzaky
A Nigerian court has acquitted Shia leader, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, ordering his immediate release.
Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, stood trial on eight counts bordering on alleged culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, disruption of public peace, among others on Wednesday.
Justice Gideon Kurada of the Kaduna State High Court has acquitted and discharged the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat Ibrahim who have been standing trial in the court for the past four years.
In a judgment delivered on Wednesday, Justice Kurada said the case was not shown nor proven by the prosecutor.
The defendants had pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them.
The couple have been in detention since 2015, after IMN supporters were suppressed by Nigerian soldiers in Zaria, Kaduna.