Federal High Court Reinstates Four Suspended Kano Lawmakers

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By Hanatu Sulaiman Abba

A Federal High Court sitting in Kano on Wednesday squashed the suspension of five lawmakers by Kano state House of Assembly declaring their suspension as null and void.

The plaintiffs in an originating summons urged the court to declare their suspension as a violation of section 109 of the 1999 constitution as amended, which clearly stipulates and guarantees their tenure in office.

The embattled lawmakers also argued that their suspension was a contravention of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The Speaker, Kano State House of Assembly urged the court to dismiss the request made to it by the plaintiffs.

Counsel to the defendants, M.N. Duru prayed the court not to grant the prayers made by the plaintiffs, the presiding judge, Justice Lewis Allagoa granted the prayers sought by the suspended lawmakers.

Recall that the suspended lawmakers, namely Isiyaku Ali Danja, Salisu Maje Ahmed Gwangwazo, Garba Yau Gwarmai and Mohammed Bello Butu Butu had challenged their suspension before the court.

In the judgment,  Justice Allagoa Lewis said the suspension of the lawmakers was a deprivation of their rights to participate freely in the affairs of the state.

The court also directed Kano State House of Assembly and the Speaker of the House to pay the withheld entitlements of the suspended lawmakers forthwith.

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