The Kaduna State Government has filed fresh charges against the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibraheem El-Zakzaky
This is coming less than 48 hours after a Kaduna High Court freed El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat.
While upholding a no-case submission by El-Zakzaky and his wife, on Wednesday, the presiding judge, Justice Gideon Kurada, ruled that the Kaduna State Government failed to establish a “prima facie” case against the defendants.
El-Zakzaky and his wife were arraigned on an eight-count charge bordering on culpable homicide, unlawful assembly and disruption of public peace.
The defendants had pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them.
They had been in custody since 2015 when members of IMN, better known as Shi’ites, clashed with soldiers in Zaria, Kaduna State.
However, not satisfied with the ruling, the state government on Thursday filed a fresh seven charges against the IMN leader at the Federal High Court.
Director of public prosecution in Kaduna State, Dari Bayero, said the fresh charges border on terrorism and treasonable felony against the state and Federal Government.
According to Bayero, El-Zakzaky will face the charges that are allegedly based on his actions before 2015.
Bayero added that with the fresh charges, the court will consequently issue an order for the arrest of El-zakzaky for him to answer the charges.