…Court fixes Aug 5 for ruling on shi’ite leader’s bail
Lawyer to Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), has said that his clients still have pellets of bullets in their bodies since 2015.
Leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) had filed an application for permission to travel to India for medical attention, hinging his application on his ‘failing’ health. But the state High Court presided over by Justice Darius Khobo adjourned ruling on the application to next week Monday.
Falana, lead counsel to the INN leader, told journalists after the hearing that his clients, El-Zakzaky and wife Zeenat, were in dire need of medical attention, as they have not been given adequate medical care since their detention in 2015.
He stated categorically that, pellets of bullets were still in the bodies of both Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife since the December 2015 incident in Zaria. While expressing concern over the continued deteriorating condition of his client’s health, who he said had already lost an eye, Falana said, there is urgent need for them to travel abroad for medical care.
“In fact, he was not in court because his health had gone very bad. Even during last appearance, he could not climb the staircase to the courtroom. That is why we applied that he be excused from appearance in court and it was granted.
“The pellets in their bodies had resulted to lead poison and they need to be urgently removed by highly professional medical personnel,” he said, while expressing confidence that, the court would grant his clients permission to travel for urgent medical care.
Counsel to the respondents, Kaduna state government, Mr. Dari Bayero told newsmen that the adjournment was sequel to the arguments of both parties on the application.
He said his team had examined the eight medical reports by both Nigerian and foreign doctors that accompanied the IMN leader’s application and argued that there are medical facilities in the country that can handle the medical needs of the IMN leader and his wife.