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Kano Court Bars Police From Arresting Ganduje Ward APC Executives

The Kano High Court has issued an ex parte order restraining the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Assistant Inspector General (AIG) Zone 1 Kano, and the Commissioner of Police, Kano, from inviting, arresting, or harassing the All Progressives Congress (APC) ward officers at Ganduje Ward, Dawakin-Tofa local government area of Kano State.

The court’s decision comes amidst a backdrop of internal strife within the APC, particularly surrounding the suspension of Abdullahi Ganduje, the National Chairman of the party. 

Last month, the ward executives suspended Ganduje, leading to a contentious dispute as the state working committee of the party overturned the suspension.

The ward executives, represented by Jafar Adamu, Haladu Gwanjo, Laminu Sani Barguma, and 10 others, took legal action to affirm the suspension of Ganduje from the party. 

Concerned about potential reprisals, they filed an ex parte motion seeking protection of their fundamental human rights as guaranteed by the constitution.

The motion, dated 29th April 2024, challenged the actions of the IGP, AIG Zone 1 Kano, Commissioner of Police Kano, APC, APC NWC, Kano APC State Council, and Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje. 

The court, after hearing the arguments presented by the applicants’ counsel, Shamsu Ubale Jibrin Esq., granted an interim order of injunction.

According to the court’s directive issued on 2nd May 2024, the respondents in the two consolidated suits are restrained from inviting, arresting, harassing, or detaining the applicants pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice already filed. 

The court further ordered that all relevant processes be served on the respondents in a timely manner before the next adjourned date, set for 5th June 2024, for the hearing of the motion on notice.

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