Tribunal: Choose between life and bribe, Kano Commissioner threatens Judges
… As NBA demands immediate sack
Ahead of gubernatorial election tribunal judgement in Kano, a serving Commissioner for Land, Adamu Aliyu Kibiya has issued a strong warning to the three man panel sitting on the much awaited verdict.
Kibiya, a strong loyalist of Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso who accused the tribunal judges of being compromised to deliver Judgement against the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) in Kano, urged the panel to rather choose between the alleged bribe and their lives.
Kibiya issued the warning on Thursday during a solidarity possession organized by Kwankwasiyya movement shortly after a special session organized by the movement. The special prayers session was organized to seek divine intervention on the tribunal judgement in favor of Governor Abba Kabiru Yusuf.
In the words of the NNPP Commissioner, “Any judge that allows himself to be used and collect bribes and pass judgment that is not right, we want to tell him he must choose between his life and the bribe money he collected.”
Kibiya who spoke in Hausa capture in a video footage already went viral on social media, insisted that Kano people will not accept any ruling that goes against the will of Kano people.
Kibiya said, “You have seen the conflict in Zamfara, Kaduna, and Katsina. I swear because of this governorship seat, everyone will die. The conflict that will start in Kano will be more deadly than the ones in those states”.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has criticized the said utterances of Kibiya, demanding his immediate sack. A statement issued by Kano NBA Chairman, Barrister Sulaiman Sagir on Friday, NBA described Kibiya’s action as an assault on the judiciary that would not be taken lightly.
Barr. Sagir also called on the security agencies to investigate the threat as there may be other motives behind the deaths threat for the commissioner to have issued such threat openly with full confidence.
“This is totally unacceptable and we would not allow it to go just like that. We as a body are calling on the governor of Kano state to sanction him so as to distance himself and the government the such a statement” .
When contacted, Sanusi Bature Dawakin-Tofa, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Abba Kabiru Yusuf, told The Guardian that government would respond to the development soonest.
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