Court Stops Kano Assembly From Probing Ganduje Over Alleged Bribery

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A Kano State high court, has ruled that Kano State House of Assembly has no power to investigate the $5 million bribery allegation against Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

Justice Ahmad Badamasi, while delivering the judgement on Thursday, said collecting bribe from contractors is a criminal offence in section 115 and 116 of penal code, and the House has no capacity to investigate criminal offences.

He said investigating criminal offence is the function of agencies under executive arms such as police, the EFCC and the ICPC.

Badamasi therefore gave an order restraining the House from interview or inviting any person on the bribery allegation against Ganduje as published by the Daily Nigerian newspaper.

PREMIUM TIMES reports that the counsel to Kano Assembly, Mahmud Waziri, said if the House decide to appeal the judgement he will pursue it, as he represents their interest.

Also, Bappa Dan’ agundi, chairman of the seven-member committee constituted by the Kano state House of Assembly to investigate the alleged bribery, said the House would study the court judgement and take a stand.

He said “I will not comment on behalf of the House. The House will deliberate on the matter, take a decision and make it public.”  

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