By: KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Kaduna based revered Islamic cleric who has been in incarceration since 2015 will know his fate if he would be granted bail or not on October 4, 2018.
His counsel, Maxwell Kyon, moved for bail as the court sat on Thursday August 2 in Kaduna.
Kyon said that they came prepared with their brief, while the government lawyers also came with theirs and subsequently, the matter was adjourned to October 4
He said that they were optimistic that Zakzaky and his wife Zeenat would be granted freedom.
“We have moved application for bail for the first and second accused and are optimistic of getting bail for our clients,” he said.
When fielding questions, Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary Kaduna State Ministry of Justice, Chris Umar said they have been able to serve the fourth and third accused through publications on newspapers.
“Afterwards, if they fail to appear, we have sought the court to issue a bench warrant,” he said.
Meanwhile, major roads in Kaduna were on lock down from 9am when the case was on in court, with heavy presence of joint security operatives.
The roads affected included most stretch of Independence Way, portions of Ahmadu Bello Way, Ibrahim Taiwo Road and Waff Road.
As recorded in previous court sessions, journalists were again prevented from gaining access to the High Court premises where the case was heard.
Zakzaky, his wife, and two others are being tried for matters related to murder.
Zakzaky is the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), popularly known as Shi’ites.