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  • News - North West - Kano
  • Updated: April 17, 2024

Misappropriation: Ganduje’s trial stalled over inability to serve criminal charges

Misappropriation: Ganduje’s trial stalled over inability t

The scheduled arraignment of Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), has been postponed due to the Kano State government's failure to file criminal charges against him.

In a courtroom session, Counsel to the Kano State Government, Bar. Y. A. Adamu, notified the court of their inability to physically serve the respondents, thereby suspending the proceedings. Adamu sought to file an exparte motion application to serve the respondents using substituted methods, but counsel for the sixth respondent, Bar. Nureini Jimoh, SAN, protested fiercely.

Jimoh urged the prosecution to perform its due diligence, underlining that there is no mechanism for serving criminal charges via exparte motion. He pledged to challenge such a move in the Court of Appeal.

The presiding judge, Justice Na'abba, delayed the case to April 29th, 2024 for further proceedings.

A source close to the defence team voiced irritation about the postponement, saying, "This delay is unjustified and only prolongs the legal process. We're eager to clean our identities and move on."

Meanwhile, supporters of the defendants gathered outside the courthouse to demonstrate solidarity and trust in the justice system.

One supporter stated, "We believe in our leaders' innocence, and we trust that justice will prevail."

Meanwhile, the Kano State High Court has issued an ex parte order prohibiting Ganduje from representing himself as a member of the APC.

The court ordered, subsequently, that Ganduje should henceforth desist from presiding over all affairs of the National Working Committee (NWC) of APC.  

The application granted by Justice Usman Malam Na'abba on Tuesday follows an exparte motion filed by Dr Ibrahim Sa'ad Esq on behalf of two executive members of APC Ganduje ward, Dawakin-Tofa local government area, the assistant secretary, Laminu Sani and legal adviser Haladu Gwanjo (plaintiffs) who were part of the nine ward executive who suspended Abdullahi Ganduje two days ago. 

The court directed the four parties (respondents) joined in the matter including All Progressives Congress (APC), APC National Working Committee (NWC), APC Kano State Working Committee (KSWC), and Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, to henceforth, maintain status quo ante belum as from 15th April 2024, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit on 30th April 2024. 

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