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Appeal court exonerates former Kano land commissioner


The Court of Appeal, sitting in Kaduna yesterday discharged and acquitted former commissioner for lands in Kano, Farouk Bibi Farouk over alleged breech of public trust and criminal conspiracy.

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje in May 2018 sacked Farouk for alleged land racketeering running into millions of Naira. He was charged to court on three count charges bordering on cheating, breach of public trust and criminal conspiracy. Before the court’s ruling, a trial court in Kano had dismissed the no case submission filed by counsel to Farouk, thereby instructing the appellant to enter her defense.

But the Justice Oludotun Adefope-Okejie has set aside the order of the lower court for lack of merit, thereby exonerating Farouk of any criminal charge.Counsel to the appellant, Saidu Mohammad Tudun Wada who applauded the wisdom of the court of appeal expressed satisfaction that his client finally got justice. According to Saidu, who explained that the notice of appeal was filed on the ground that his client has no reason warranting him to enter any defense before the Kano high court.He said the appeal court discharged and acquitted his client, as there was no evidence pinning Farouk down to any crime.

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