The leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife will remain in custody as a high court in Kaduna state has refused to grant them bail.
Justice Gideon Kurada, the presiding judge, denied the bail application on the ground that El-Zakzaky did not attach a medical report to it.
The IMN leader is facing trial over allegations of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, and disruption of public peace, among other charges. And the case was subsequently adjourned to January 22, 2019.
El-Zakzaky has been in the custody of the Department of State Security (DSS) since December 2015.
There was heavy security presence around the court premises during the hearing. And before the trial, Yakubu Sabo, Kaduna police public relations officer, had earlier said a ban on all forms of processions in the state was still in force.
Last week, El-Zakzaky’s followers marched into the streets of Abuja to protest the continued detention of their leader.
The protest resulted in a face-off with security operatives, with many Shias killed and several injured.
In 2016, El-Zakzaky was granted bail by a federal high court in Abuja. Justice Gabriel Kolawole, the presiding judge, had ordered his immediate and unconditional release, however the government refused to release him and he remained in the custody of the DSS.