By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – Economic activities were completely paralysed on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, as the Kaduna State Government arraigned leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky at the State High Court.
The Kaduna metropolitan, which is the business hobnob of the city was completely lockdown as pedestrian and vehicular movements were restricted, as heavily armed combined security personnel mounted road blocks on major roads and streets leading to the court premises.
Banks, schools, shops and even the Shiekh Abubakar Gumi Market popularly known as Kaduna Central Market were all deserted, with all the premises under lock and keys.
On the Ahmadu Bello Way axis, a long stretch from the Lagos Street Roundabout to the NEPA Roundabout were on lock down.
Similarly, on the Independence Way axis, right from Police College Roundabout to Waff Road Junction including link roads to the court, like Bida Road, Ibrahim Taiwo Road where cordoned off.
Counsel to the accused, Maxwell Kyon said that they are optimistic that on the next hearing, the bail application filed would be granted by the court.
He said the application which was filed about a month ago, suffered delay because they got the reply from the government on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at night.
On why they are optimistic, he said it is based on the health conditions of Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife.
Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice Kaduna State, Chris Umar said that the case was adjourned because they were unable to serve the third amd fourth accused persons, Sheikh Yakubu Yahaya Katsina and Dr Sanusi Abdulkadir Kano.
The case was adjourned to August 2, 2018.