A Kaduna State High Court has freed the detained leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife Zeenat.
In a judgement that lasted over eight hours on Wednesday, the judge, Gideon Kurada, upheld the no-case submission filed by El-Zakzaky and his wife.
The ruling was delivered behind closed doors and journalists were barred from the courtroom.
One of the cleric’s lawyers told reporters after the judgement that the court set El-Zakzaky free.
The couple have been on trial for over five years on an eight-count charge of culpable homicide, disruption of public peace and unlawful assembly among others levelled against them by the Kaduna State Government.
The government accused them of being responsible for the death of a soldier in December 2015.