Court quashes Rimin-Gado’s bid to stop arrest
A Federal High Court sitting in Kano, yesterday, dismissed the ex parte application of the embattled Chairman of Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-corruption Agency, Muhuyi Rimin-Gado.
Muhuyi, a lawyer, had asked the court to halt the investigative panel instituted by Kano State House of Assembly and restrain the state’s police command from investigating, arresting or intimidating him, pending the hearing and determination of subsisting court action instituted at the state’s high court.
He also asked the court to invoke the order of the state’s high court, which directed all parties to maintain status quo regarding the investigation on his alleged fake medical certificate.
In an ex parte order by Muhammad Dan’azumi, the plaintiff brought his defence under Order 2 Rule 1 and Section 35,35,37,41 and 42 of the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) and Order 26(b), Rule 7 of the Federal High Court, seeking protection of his fundamental rights.
The court had invited the Inspector General of Police (IGP), House of Assembly Speaker and Kano Commissioner for Justice, among other defendants, to show cause why Rimin-Godo’s application should not be granted.
When the matter came up yesterday, Justice Jane Inyang ruled that the investigative panel and security agency had the constitutional authority to investigate and arrest the suspended anti-corruption boss.
The presiding judge also declared lack of jurisdiction to uphold or dismiss ruling delivered by a court of equal jurisdiction.
She further ruled that Rimin-Gado’s complaint was on the plenary sessions of the State Assembly, that he should have approached the state high court and not the Federal High Court.
By the latest court verdict, the police is further empowered to continue investigation on the alleged false declaration of medical certificate, which Rimin-Gado submitted to the state assembly.
Solicitor to the IGP, who is also the police prosecutor in Kano, Sunday Ekwe, had insisted the security agency is legally protected to investigate any suspect.