A High Court in Kaduna State, on Monday, made an order that the Nigerian Correctional Service should evacuate the wife of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Zeenat, to an isolation centre, for COVID-19 treatment.
Zeenah Ibrahim was last week said to have allegedly contracted COVID-19.
However, in his reaction, the Controller of Kaduna Correctional Service, Ibrahim Maradun denied the claims saying he is yet to receive test results after Zeenat’s sample was taken on Wednesday by officials of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
But in a ruling on Monday, Justice Gideon Kurada of a Kaduna High Court, ordered her immediate evacuation to a government-approved isolation and treatment centre.
Confirming the order, after the secret trial of Zeenat and Ibrahim El Zakzaky, Femi Falana, SAN, said his client tested positive for COVID-19.
Falana said his team presented the results of the test before the court and applied that Zeenat, the second defendant in the trial who tested positive to the virus more than one week ago, be availed with a proper medical facility to get treatment.
Falana said the Medical facility at the Kaduna correctional centre does not have the needed facilities to treat the virus.
“Today at the resumed trial of the client case, the prosecution brought four witnesses including a medical doctor who testified before the court.
”But we also applied to the court, we drew the attention of the court on behalf of our clients to the fact that the wife of our client Zeenat had tested positive to the dangerous Covid-19 pandemic and she is being treated in the medical centre of the correctional facility.” NAN quoted him as saying.
Also, Mr Chris Umar, the state Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice said the prosecution did not object to the application.
He said the prosecution presented four witnesses, bringing the number of witnesses who testified before the court to eight.
”We have more witnesses,” he added