Lawmaker Alhassan Ado Doguwa gets bail in homicide case, barred from Tudun Wada during guber election

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Lawmaker Alhassan Ado Doguwa gets bail in homicide case, barred from Tudun Wada during guber election

A Kano division of the Federal High Court in Nigeria on Monday granted N500 million bail to the Majority Leader of the country’s House of Representatives, Alhassan Ado Doguwa.

Doguwa is being investigated for his alleged involvement in the electoral violence that led to deaths and arson in Tudun Wada local government area of Kano State during the 25th February presidential and National Assembly election.

The police arraigned Doguwa before a Magistrate’s Court which gave an order for his remand in prison.

He’s being charged for criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide, arson and illegal possession of firearms among others.

But counsel to the accused, Nureini Jimoh (SAN), applied for an ex-parte order before Justice Muhammad Nasir Yunusa to grant the accused bail based on alleged infringement of his fundamental human rights and absence of jurisdiction by the Magistrate’s Court that had remanded the accused.

Jimoh contended that since the accused was charged with culpable homicide and illegal possession of firearms, a Magistrate’s Court lacked jurisdictional power to remand Doguwa.

Upon hearing the application, Justice Yunusa granted him bail with the condition that the suspect must provide two sureties, one of which shall be a first-class traditional ruler while the other must be a permanent secretary at the federal or state civil service.

The Judge ordered that the suspect shall deposit his travel documents with the court registry, which can be released upon request if needed for travel. The documents must be resubmitted upon return from the journey.

The court also restrained him from going to his constituency during the forthcoming gubernatorial and state House of Assembly elections in the state.


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