Kano assembly suspends Ganduje probe
From Mustapha Adamu, Kano
A Kano High Court, on monday restrained the state assembly seven-man committee, constituted to investigating allegation of bribery against governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, pending the determination of originating summon.
The court directed the committee, led by Baffa Babba Dan-Agundi, representing Kano Municipal constituency to maintain status-quo, following a suit filed by one Barrister Nureni Jimoh of Lawyers for Sustainable Democracy in Nigeria on behalf of the plaintiff, Mohammad Zubairu.
At the opening of the hearing, the counsel to the plaintiff Barrister Abdulafis D. Khalid, requested the court to grant his client demands, stopping the assembly and the committee from further investigation.
In his 18 pages affidavit, counsel to the plaintiff prayed the court to restrain the first (assembly) and second (Chairman of the panel) respondents from further inviting anybody party for the purpose of investigating on the alleged bribery video against the Governor, pending the determination of the originating notice.
In the plaintiff prayers, “the committee, themselves, proxies or officers or persons whatsoever, should be stopped, from further inviting anybody for inquiring, interviewing, questioning, examining, making further press release, releasing or placing any further video clips, investigating or further proceeding with the or any bribery allegation against Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje”.
Counsel to first and second respondents Barr. Mohammad Waziri in his counterpart affidavit had pleaded the court to continue the appeal against the motions, on the constitutionality of the assembly panel. Waziri however submitted that the panel will abide by the order of the court pending the determination of the originating suit.
The plaintiff lawyer Barr. Khalid had earlier urged the court to discountenance the application of the defendant over unidentified signature on the seal of the application.
But the defense lawyer Barr. Waziri pleaded on the court to dismiss the appeal of the plaintiff since there was no constitutional requirements that insist on the technicality.
He lamented that the technical fault raised by the plaintiff counsel was targeted to frustrate the court proceedings and determination of Justice, urging the court to continue with the application on notice.
In his ruling, Justice A. T. Badamasi adjourned further hearing on the application till 21st November, 2018.
The court also directed that all parties to stay action pending the determination of the motion on notice.