July 22, 2024

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Kano assembly suspends probe of Ganduje, gives reason

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  1. Ganduje : Kano assembly suspends probe
By Steve Oko
Kano State House of Assembly,  Tuesday,  in a dramatic move,  announced the suspension of the on-going probe of Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje over a viral video bribery allegation.
The lawmaker said the decision was informed by their commitment to comply with a court order.
But the Assembly had a day earlier vowed to go ahead with the investigation despite the court order.
Theirs sudden change of mind is however raising questions in some quarters.

A group known as Lawyers For Sustainable Democracy in Nigeria, had asked the court to compel the assembly to halt the probe.

Ruling on an ex parte application filed by one Muhammad Zubair, National Coordinator of the group, Justice A.T Badamasi had asked the lawmakers to suspend the probe.

But the assembly vowed not to comply with the order.

Baffa Dan-Agundi, Chairman of the committee investigating the issue, had said the court order did not stop the panel from continuing with the investigation.

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“We have received a court order that we should stop investigating the video clips showing Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, allegedly collecting bribe.

“We had a meeting today (yesterday) at the assembly and according to our understanding, the court didn’t stop us from investigating the allegations; the court only said status quo be maintained. As such, we will continue with our work,’’ he said.

But making a U-turn on the issue yesterday, Dan-Agundi told the court that the assembly was a law-abiding arm of government, hence, it would obey the court and suspend all forms of investigation on the case, pending the court judgement.

While adjourning the hearing on the matter to today (Wednesday),  Badamasi urged the committee to desist from inviting, questioning, interviewing, examining any person related to the issue.

The Governor has come under pressure to resign over the bribery scam which they see as a bad image for his party,  the All Progressive Congress as the 2019 polls draw near.

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