The prosecuting counsel in the trial of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), and his wife, Zeenat, has urged the Kaduna High Court to sentence them according to the provisions of the law.
Ibrahim Bayero, the lead prosecuting counsel, made this known to journalists on Wednesday in the state shortly after Justice Gideon Kurada, adjourned the case until May 25, 2021.
Bayero asked the court to overrule the defence team and sentence Zakzaky and his wife as provided by the law, noting that the state has closed its case after presenting its 15th witness in the trial.
“Our last witness has testified and the state has closed its case.
“We are satisfied with the way the case has gone so far, we have presented 15 witnesses, including Army Generals, who are key actors and players that led to the filing of the case against the IMN leader.
“As far as the state is concerned, it has tendered all the exhibits, and witnesses have come before the court and tendered evidence against the defendants.
“One of our prayers is that the court should overrule the no-Case-Submission, overrule the defence, convict the defendants accordingly, and pass the necessary sentence as provided for in the law,” Bayero said.
The court had on March 8, adjourned the trial of the IMN leader and his wife until 31 March.
However, Marshall Abubakar, who represented Femi Falana, (SAN, the lead defence counsel, told journalists that his team would open defence in the case on the adjourned date.
Abubakar also said the defence, in consultation with the defendants, would enter a no-case-submission before the court.
He further stated that the defendant had, also before the commencement of the trial, prayed the court to quash the charge.
According to the defence counsel, as far as the defence team is concerned, the 15 prosecution witnesses did not establish any case against his clients.
The Kaduna State Government had charged El-Zakzaky and Zeenat with eight counts, alleging culpable homicide, unlawful assembly and disruption of public peace, among others.
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge.