By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North,-West, Nigeria – The visit of Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo to Kaduna state on Thursday, has prevented leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, (IMN), also known as Shi’ites, Shiekh Ibraheem Zakzaky and wife, Zeenat to attend court session.
Although the court was in session, but ruling on bail application by the Defendant’s Counsel could not be heard due to their absence in court.
In an interview with newsmen shortly after the court session, Counsel to the Defendant, Barrister Maxwell Kyon, explained that the development halted progress on the matter.
“The matter was adjourned to today for further mention, I am sure you are aware that at the last adjournment, we had argued on application for bail in respect of the first and second defendants.
”Because the President was supposed to be in Kaduna, the state could not mobilize and bring the defendants to court, because according to them, it should have posed quite a lot of problem in terms of personnel for security of the President and the defendants.
“Considering that the defendant was not brought to court, the ruling could not be delivered. Unfortunately for us today, we have not made much progress,” he said.
When asked whether the presiding Judge was in court, he answered in the affirmative, saying, “The Court sat, and all we could do was to simply take a date. We’ve taken another date, hoping that the defendants would be brought to court at the adjourned date, November 7, 2018,” he said.
Affirming the position of the Defence Counsel, the Prosecuting team led by Kaduna State Director of Public Prosecution, Bayero Dari, said that they appealed to the court to excuse the presence of the defendants on Thursday’s hearing and the court graciously agreed.
“You know the Vice President is visiting Kaduna, security is stretched and the prosecution asked that the presence of the defendants in court be excused and the court graciously agreed,” he said.
Dari said the court will rule on the bail conditions when the case resumes on November 7.