The Kaduna State government says it has filed further charges against Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), under the Treason and Treasonable Offences Act before a Federal High Court.
According to Daily Trust, the development is coming less than 24 hours after a Kaduna State High Court discharged and acquitted El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenat.
Justice Gideon Kurada, the presiding judge in the protracted case, had ruled on Wednesday, that the charges against El-Zakzaky and his wife were not supposed to be filed, saying the Kaduna State government cannot arraign someone for a crime that was not an offence at the time.
Kurada had found that the charges were filed against El-Zakzaky and his wife in 2018, pursuant to the Penal Law enacted by the state government in 2017, over an alleged offence committed in 2015.
However, on Thursday, the state government said it was not in agreement with the reasoning and conclusion of the judge.
The newspaper reports that Dari Bayero, the lead prosecution counsel, said there was no doubt that the government would appeal the case.
“We are going to appeal, there is no doubt about it, in fact, we have obtained the court judgement because we are not in agreement with my Lord’s reasoning and conclusion, it is not in consonance with the facts on ground.”
The publication further said the IMN leader and his wife have now been flown to Abuja for medical treatment.