Confusion as supreme court suspends hearing on appeal against Ganduje

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The Supreme Court on Monday, January 13, suspended the hearing of appeals against Kano state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje by Abba Yusuf of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Chief Adegboyega Awomolo, counsel to the appellant, Yusuf, adopted all the processes his client filed against Ganduje of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the appeal marked SC/1450/2019.

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, gave the order for the suspension of the appeals’ hearing.

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Muhammad said: “Due to unforeseen circumstances, please for court will abruptly rise because one of us is seriously sick.”

The CJN had at about 9:02am when the Supreme Court commenced sitting, led other justices out of the courtroom, citing “excessive noise”.

He warned that the court will not resume until the noise volume which was occasioned by mammoth crowd that struggled for standing space in the court room, was brought down.

Meanwhile, when they resumed, Yusuf’s lawyer, Awomolo, SAN, apologised to CJN for the noisy atmosphere he blamed on non lawyers.

Earlier, The Herald reported that a Kano Federal High court dismissed all bribery allegations levelled against Abdullahi Ganduje, the state Governor.

The lawsuit which was filed by Bulama Bukarti asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to conduct a thorough forensic investigation on the video which showed Governor Ganduje received bribe from an unidentified contractor.

Bulama asked EFCC to provide a report on the video. However, Justice Egwuatu, the presiding judge dismissed the lawsuit for lack of substantial evidence.

He said the evidence provided before the court can not prove that EFCC had official report on the forensic analysis on the bribery video. He also said Kano state House of Assembly ad-hoc committee should receive the report since it was in charge of investigating the case.

Justice Egwuatu in his ruling said that “even though where the affidavit deposed to, is not countered, it is deemed admitted, the evidence therein must be cogent and verifiable.”

He further said “the provisions of Freedom of Information Act 2011, required that information requested must be a public record and in the custody of the instruction of organization so requested from.”

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