Ganduje-Gate: You lack power to investigate Ganduje–Court tells Kano Assembly
NEWS DIGEST–A Kano State high court on Thursday ruled that Kano State House of Assembly lacks power to investigate the $5 million bribery allegation against the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje.
Delivering the judgement, Justice AT Badamasi said collecting bribe from contractors is a criminal offence in section 115 and 116 of penal code, and the House has no capacity to investigate criminal offences.
He said investigating criminal offence is the function of agencies under executive arms such as police, the EFCC and the ICPC.
Mr Badamasi therefore gave an order restraining the House from interview or inviting any person on the bribery allegation against Mr Ganduje as published by the DAILY NIGERIAN newspaper.
Reacting to the judgement, counsel to Kano Assembly, Mahmud Waziri, said he would consult his clients on the next line of action.
Muhammad Zubair, the national coordinator of Lawyers for Sustainable Democracy in Nigeria, had filed the suit, praying the court to determine the constitutional competence of the state lawmakers to investigate the matter.