Popular Islamic Cleric and founder of Nigeria’s Islamic Movement, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, is not yet free from legal battles.
This is as the Governor Nasir El-Rufai-led government of Kaduna State filed fresh charges against him.
The charges came barely two days after a High Court in Kaduna freed the IMN leader and his wife Zeenat from prison after six years.
While upholding a no-case submission by El-Zakzaky and his wife, Justice Gideon Kurada, had ruled that the Kaduna 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.
El-Zakzaky and wife landed in prison 2015 after IMN members, also known as Shi’ites, clashed with soldiers in Zaria, Kaduna State.
But according to Channels Television, Dari Bayero, the Director of Public Prosecution in Kaduna State, said that the fresh charges against the cleric border on terrorism and treasonable felony against the state and the Federal Government.
Bayero said El-Zakzaky would face the charges that are allegedly based on his actions before 2015, adding that court is meant to issue an order for El-Zakzaky’s arrest for him to answer to the new charges.