Ganduje’s Probe: Judicial Enquiry Judges Get 48 Hour To Resign


A Federal High Court in Kano presided over by Justice Simon Amobeda has given a 48-hour deadline to two Kano judges, Justice Farouk Lawan Adamu and Justice Zuwaira Yusuf, appointed by Kano State Governor, Abba Yusuf, to serve as chairmen of the judicial com – mission of inquiry for the recovery of misappropriated public properties and assets, and chairman of the judicial commission of inquiry to investigate political violence and missing persons, respectively, to resign their appointments.

In the same vein, the presiding judge directed the National Judicial Council (NJC) to stop forthwith payments of salaries and all entertainments to the affected judges if they failed to resign within the stipulated time given by him.

Justice Simon Amobeda gave the order while delivering his judgment in the case instituted by former the governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, seek ing the court to stop Gov – ernor Yusuf from prob – ing his administration.

Justice Amobeda said failure by the judges to comply with the 48-hours deadline, the National Judicial Council (1st Defendant) shall stop forthwith, the payment of any remuneration, allow – ances and benefits meant for judicial officers from the consolidated revenue fund of the federation to the judges.

He said the judges should desist from per – forming executive func – tions assigned to them by the governor of Kano State in court rooms meant to adjudicate disputes between persons and authorities in Kano State.

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Justice Amobeda further said the action by the governor to set up the commission of inquiries to investigate Ganduje without appealing an earlier court judgment by Justice A.

Liman, declaring that Ganduje can only be investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) or the Indepen – dent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), amounts to abuse of of – fice and undermining the sanctity of the judiciary.

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