The investigations by the House of Assembly into the allegations of bribery levelled against the Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has been halted by a High Court in the state.
The court ordered all the parties involved in the investigations to maintain status quo ante, pending the determination of the originating summon.
It was garnered the summon was filed by Mohammed Zubair, the National Coordinator of Lawyers for Sustainable Democracy in Nigeria.
The application filed on behalf of the plaintiff on November 5, restraining the defendants, Kano state House of Assembly, Baffa Babba Danagundi and the state Attorney-General from further investigation of the bribery allegation, still subsist.
Kalid Abdullatif, counsel to the plaintiff said, “The application still remains an Order of interlocutory injunction, restraining the defendants, either by themselves, agents, privies, or officials, or other persons, whosoever, from further inviting anybody, questioning, examining, making any further Press Releases, releasing or playing any further videotapes, investigation or further proceedings, with the, or any bribery allegation against Gov. Ganduje, or anybody, whatsoever, therewith, pending the determination of the substantive suit before this Honourable Court.”
He further reiterated the investigations into the bribery allegations as unconstitutional.
However, counsel to the Kano state House of Assembly (first defendant) and Investigative Committee Chairman, Baffa Babba Dan Agundi (second defendant), Mohammed Waziri, described his clients as law-abiding citizens who would not breach the law in any way.
“I wish to state that the First and Second defendants are law-makers and law-abiding citizens. The Order came a day to the date slated to listen to witnesses at the Investigative Panel.
“Since then, no step has been taken by the state House of Assembly or the Investigative Committee to breach the law. This is to tell you that Kano state House of Assembly is law-abiding.
“The Assembly has no intention whatsoever to take any further steps until the subsisting matter is decided upon because constitutional issues are being raised.”
The verdict of the presiding Judge, Ahmed Badamasi, was the order by all the involved parties to maintain the status quo ante, pending the determination of the originating summon.
Badamasi commended counsel to the defendants for advising his clients wisely and adjourned the case to November 21, for hearing of the originating motion on summon.