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Court orders transfer of El-Zakzaky from DSS custody to prison

A Kaduna State High Court on Thursday ordered that the Islamic Movement in Nigeria leader, IMN, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, are transferred from custody of the Department of State Services, DSS, to a correctional centre in the state.

Judge Gideon Kudafa explained in his ruling that the decision to remand El-Zakzaky and his wife in a prison was to allow their lawyers and doctors to have easy access to them.

After the ruling, the judge postponed the case to February 6th for the start of the trial.

El-Zakzaky is facing a trial on charges of manslaughter, illegal collection and interruption of public peace, among other charges.

Recalled that on March 26, Judge Kudafa postponed the case indefinitely after his appointment as a member of the Election Petition Tribunal in Yobe State.

The IMN leader and his wife were not in court during the last trial, although his lawyer, Femi Falana, claimed that his absence was due to his deteriorated state of health.

The presiding judge denied the security of El-Zakzaky and his wife during the last session of 22 January 2018.

In the bail application submitted by his lawyer, Femi Falana, El-Zakzaky had asked the court to give a mandatory order for his client and his wife to be transferred abroad.

Falana had informed the court that this would allow them to receive adequate medical assistance since the federal government was unable to treat them from injuries sustained during the attack on the presumed army at their residence in December 2015.

However, the judge in his sentence ordered the government to allow El Zakzaky to bring the doctors of his choice to examine him in the presence of government doctors before the date of the next session.