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The Department of State Services, DSS, has denied arresting one of the tribunal judges who ruled on the 2023 Kano State gubernatorial election.
This is coming after the Chief Press Secretary of the Kano State Governor, Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa said the government believes that the judges that handled the judgement of the Kano State Gubernatorial Election Petition Tribunal were intimidated and arrested by the security agencies.
While speaking to PRNigeria on the phone, the spokesperson of DSS Dr. Peter Afunanya, denied the claim by the Kano Governor’s spokesperson.
Afunanya said: “This is a very ridiculous statement. Arresting judges for what reason? It is not true, please.”
Speaking in an interview on Channels Television, Sanusi Bature said, “There is no reason why the DSS can arrest a judge without any suspicion.
The DSS arrested one of the judges that delivered the judgement in Kano and I believe that is intimidation.”
“Even this virtual judgement they delivered, we do not know where they delivered it from. Probably, they delivered the judgement under duress or whatever, I am not sure. We do not know the location from which they delivered the judgement and we do not know their condition because we could only see them on the screen.
“A lot of things happened behind the scenes and to our surprise, the person who was declared winner was not even joined in the case. Gawuna contested in the election, accepted defeat, and congratulated Abba Kabir and said that he is not going to court.”