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CORRUPTION TRIAL: Lawyers brawl over service of charges on Ganduje, wife, son, others

CORRUPTION TRIAL: Lawyers brawl over service of charges on Ganduje, wife, son, others

The arraignment of former Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, was on Wednesday stalled due to the inability of the Kano State government to serve him with court papers.

The 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th respondents were absent in court.

Ganduje, his wife, Hafsat Umar, his son, Umar Abdullahi Umar, Abubakar Bawuro, Jibrilla Muhammad, Lamash Properties Limited, Safari Textiles Limited and Lasage General Enterprises Limited were to be arraigned on eight counts of bribery allegations and misappropriation of public funds running into billions of naira.

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When the case was mentioned for arraignment, the prosecution counsel, Yau Adamu, told the court that all attempts made to serve the respondents failed.

“My lord we were only able to serve the 6th defendant, Lamash Properties Limited”

Counsel to the 6th defendant, Nureini Jimoh, SAN, told the court that the prosecution did not personally serve his client as implied but he was not complaining about the service on him since he was effectively in court.

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The prosecution attempted to move an exparte application seeking to serve the respondents through substituted means, but Jimoh opposed by saying “There is no provision for exparte motion in a criminal matter, it is only valid in civil cases”.

But Usman Umar Fari, on the prosecution side, argued that Jimoh has no locus to speak for other defendants since his own client, the 6th defendants, was represented in court.

Justice Usman Na’abba said that the respondents should be put on notice and adjourned the matter until April 29, for hearing on motion on notice.


Faruk Khalil
Faruk Khalilhttps://nigeriansketch.com/
Khalil Faruk (Deputy Editor-in-Chief), has a Bachelors and Master's degree in Political Science and has worked as a reporter, features editor and Deputy Editor-in-Chief respectively in a leading Nigerian daily. He has undergone trainings in journalism, photo journalism and online journalism within and outside Nigeria.

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