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Controversy as Kano Assembly Summons Chief Judge over Court Order

Controversy as Kano Assembly Summons Chief Judge over Court Order

The judiciary in Kano State has been thrown into a state of turmoil as the state House of Assembly extended a letter to the Chief Judge, Justice Nura Sagir, asking him to appear before it.

A Kano-based online medium, Solacebase, linked the invitation of the Chief Judge to “a court order issued against the assembly restraining the investigation of suspended anti-corruption chairman, Muhuyi Magaji Rimingado.”

The medium said “the invitation letter was dated July 26th and signed by Barr Nasidi asking the CJ to appear before a committee of the house on Wednesday July 28th.”

Issues arose from the invitation because the Chief Judge completely disregarded it.

Nigerian Sketch confirmed from a source at the House of Assembly that “the Chief Judge just abandoned the invitation. It just appeared as if he did not receive it because he did not reply to it and he did not show upon the day he was expected to come.”

To compound the issue for the State Assembly, the judiciary came out strongly to defend the sanctity of the its independence against what it called the “impunity of the legislature.”

Spokesman of Kano State Judiciary, Baba Jibo Ibrahim, expressed his opposition to the development.

“How can a committee of the Assembly invite the CJ? For what? Is it an administrative or judicial issue?

“If it is judicial issue, the Assembly does not have constitutional right to invite any judge on any issue talk less of the CJ. Also, if the issue is administrative, they are supposed to invite the Chief Registrar,” Baba Jibo was quoted to have said.

The chairman of the Kano branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Aminu Sani Gadanya was also quoted to have dismissed the action of the Assembly as “absurd and unheard of in law.”

 

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