Court orders anti-corruption agency, SSS and others to not arrest Ganduje and his children

Abdullahi Umar Ganduje

Kano State Federal High Court prohibits arresting of former state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, his family members (children) and the appointees of his administration.

The court orders Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission (PCACC), State Security Service (SSS), police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), and any other body of security operative from arresting the governor, his family or administration's appointees.

The ruling was made in response to PCACC's summons to Mr. Ganduje to respond to inquiries about "dollar videos" published by DAILY NIGERIAN in October 2018.

The footage showed Mr. Ganduje stuffing his pockets with bundles of money that was allegedly a bribe.

On Wednesday, Muhuyi Rimingado, the chairman of the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission, claimed that forensic examination had verified the veracity of the dollar tapes.

But in a decision on Mr. Ganduje's Friday request for a fundamental enforcement of his right to a fair trial, Justice A. Liman granted an ex-parte order preventing the anti-corruption agency and others from arresting him while the motion is being heard.

According to Daily Nigerian the order reads: “THAT AN ORDER is granted restraining the respondents whether by themselves or acting through their officers, men, operatives, privies, or any person or group of persons whosoever described from harassing, intimidating, inviting, threatening to arrest, arresting, detaining the applicant, or his children or any member of his family or any appointee who served under the Administration of the Applicant or forcefully taking over of the applicant’s properties or his children or any member of his family, or his appointee who served under the Administration of the Applicant pending determination of the Applicant’s substantive Originating Motion in this matter.

“THAT the interim order shall operate pending the hearing of the motion for enforcement of Fundamental Right which is fixed for the 14″ of July, 2023.

“THAT the Respondents shall be served with the Motion 36 hours from today.”

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