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Court summons IGP, Kano Speaker, others over prosecution of anti-graft boss

By Murtala Adewale, Kano
21 October 2021   |   4:03 am
A Federal High Court in Kano State has ordered the Inspector General of Police (IGP), House of Assembly Speaker and four others to appear before it over an attempt to arrest and prosecute the suspended Chairman of Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission, Muhuyi Rimin-Gado.

Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba

A Federal High Court in Kano State has ordered the Inspector General of Police (IGP), House of Assembly Speaker and four others to appear before it over an attempt to arrest and prosecute the suspended Chairman of Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission, Muhuyi Rimin-Gado.

Justice Jane Inyang issued the order pursuant to an ex parte application by Rimin-Gado for an interim injunction restraining the defendants from arresting him.

In an ex parte application forwarded by Muhammad Dan-Azumi, the embattled anti-graft czar urged the court to prevent the six defendants, including the Attorney-General of Kano, the House of Assembly, the state’s Accountant-General and Commissioner of Police from instructing anybody to arrest him.

Although, the court is yet to rule on the application, Justice Inyang ordered the six defendants to show why the application sought by Rimin-Gado should not be granted.

Dan-Azumi told the court that the application was brought in pursuant to Order 2 rule 1 and Sections 35, 37, 41 and 42 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 and order of the Federal High Court.

The plaintiff, who alleged that the police had prepared First Information Report (FIR) for the arraignment of Rimin-Gado before a Magistrate Court, argued that the plan was in flagrant disregard of a subsisting order.

His counsel, Dan-Azumi, submitted that Justice Sanusi Ma’aji of the Kano State High Court had, on June 25, granted an order restraining the Kano lawmakers and Commissioner of Police from proceeding or deciding on matters relating to Rimin-Gado.

The counsel told the court that further prosecution of his client would amount to outright disobedience to rule of law, urging the court to resist it.

Inyang, however, ordered that hearing notice should be placed on the six respondents while adjourning hearing on the motion till November 3, 2021.