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Kano Speaker, AG shun court as police seek relief

By Murtala Adewale, Kano
04 November 2021   |   2:43 am
Speaker, Kano State House of Assembly, Hamisu Chideri, and the state’s Accountant-General, Shehu Mu’azu, yesterday, failed to appear before Justice G. Iyang of the Federal High Court

[FILES] Kano State House of Assembly

Speaker, Kano State House of Assembly, Hamisu Chideri, and the state’s Accountant-General, Shehu Mu’azu, yesterday, failed to appear before Justice G. Iyang of the Federal High Court sitting in Kano over a matter concerning the suspended Chairman of Kano Public Complaints and Anti-corruption Commission, Muhuyi Rimin-Gado.

Justice Iyang had issued a notice of appearance to the Speaker, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, the Accountant-General, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kano Commissioner of Police and the House of Assembly to show cause, why an ex parte application was filed against them, should not be granted.

Rimin-Gado had approached the court with a motion seeking an order restraining the six respondents from using security agents to harass, intimidate or arrest him pending the determination of a substantive suit earlier filed. At the resumption of hearing on the matter, yesterday, only the IGP, CP, and Commissioner for Justice obeyed the court order with appearance, despite the previous notice on the six respondents.

Counsel to the suspended chairman, Mohammed Dan-Azumi, who had sought enforcement of his client’s fundamental right against intimidation and forced arraignment, alleged that the security agent under the instruction of the state government had resorted to force means to persecute his client.

Dan-Azumi, who claimed that such an attempt was a clear violation of the existing ruling by Justice Sanusi Ma’aji of the state high court restricting the security agencies from arresting or intimidating Rimin-Gado, pending the hearing of the suit before it.

Appearing for the police, the Officer in Charge of Legal Unit, Kano Police Command, Sunday Ekwe, had sought the court’s relief for more time to enable him to study and respond appropriately to Rimin-Gado’s application. Although the Commissioner for Justice, who was represented by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Aisha Mahmud, did not furnish the court with any superior argument, he did not object to the position of the police. While insisting that the previous order to all respondents to appear still stands, Justice Iyang granted the police plea and adjourned sitting till November 23, 2021.