Gandujegate: Court Orders Committee to Stop Hearing

Abdulmumin Giwa

A Kano state High Court led by Justice A. T. Badamasi has issued an order for interim injunction restraining the seven-man committee established by the Kano state House of Assembly to investigate the authenticity of some video clips allegedly showing the state governor Dr Abdullahi Ganduje collecting bribe from contractors.

This followed a legal action taken by some pro-democracy lawyers group called Lawyers For Sustainable Democracy in Nigeria that sorted an interim injunction from the court.

Respondents in the case include Kano House of Assembly, Hon Baffa Babba Dan-Agundi for members of the investigation committee and the commissioner for justice and Attorney General of the State Barr. Ibrahim Mukhtar.

The state Assembly ad hoc committee has slated the 6th of November 2018 for watching the video clips in its process of investigation.

Speaking at a press conference the group’s coordinator Barr. Muhammad Zubairu explained that the Assembly has no legal right to investigate the case because it is a criminal case that is supposed to be taken to court.

He further explained that the group had called the attention of the Assembly on the 23rd of October but it still went further to call Jaafar Jaafar, the publisher of the Daily Nigerian that releases the video clips.

He said the group excused the Assembly because the sitting took place on the 25th of October shortly after they warned them against it.

But to their dismay the Assembly went further to invite the state Governor Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje for investigation and slated 6th of November to watch the video clips for which the group acted.

The injunction issued is called a status quo ante which renders the committee and what it had done so far null and void.

Responding on what action the group will take if the Assembly refuses to abide by the order Zubairu said they will sue the Assembly for contempt of court.

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