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Victim prays Ganduje, AG to honour N60m compensation verdict

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A victim of nine years “horrific detention”, Muhammad Abubakar has prayed the Attorney General (AG) and Commissioner for Justice, Kano state, Ibrahim Muktar, to pay N60million compensation awarded to him by Court of Appeal.

In a letter dated February 14, 2020, which was also copied Kano state Governor, Abdullah Ganduje and deputy chief registrars of Court of Appeal, Kaduna and Kano divisions, the victim of torture reminded the Attorney General that judgment of the courts take immediate effect.

The Judgment of the appellate court, Kaduna division, delivered by Justice O.A Adefope-Okojie on November, 2019, ordered the AG Kano state and Commissioner of Police to pay the sum of N60 million and tender public apology to the appellant on newspapers for unlawful detention.

Counsel for the victim, Usman Umar Fari, in the letter regretted that despite the said judgment, which the office of the Attorney General was well aware, there are no compliance to the verdict.

“Letter of Demand in Respect of Appeal no. CA/K/21/2018 Between: Muhammad Abubakar and Attorney-General of Kano state and another. Suffice to say that on the 1st day of Nov 2019, Kaduna division of Court of Appeal delivered judgment on the above mentioned appeal, which you defended for the respondent and to which you were a party being the chief law officer of the government of Kano state.

“You may vividly recall that the court has directed you in the judgment to pay the sum of N60, 000,000 as compensation and tender public apology to our client in one newspaper circulating within Kano state for the torture and unlawful detention for nine consecutive horrendous and horrific prison years.

“Despite the said judgment which your good office was well aware, you have refused to comply. Your office needs not be reminded of the trite position of the law that judgment of courts take immediate effect, see the supreme court’s decision in the case of Olatunji V. Owena bank Plc (2008) 8 NWLR (pt1090) at pages 679-680. In view of the above, we are demanding for the prompt payment of N60, 000,000 and public apology as directed by the court of appeal of the federal republic of Nigeria” Fari demanded. When contacted on telephone, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Ibrahim Muktar declined knowledge of the court Judgment.


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