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Court orders reinstatement of Bauchi lawmaker

| May 30, 2013 More

JUSTICE of the High Court 1 in Bauchi State, Justice Ibrahim Mohammed Zango has ordered the Bauchi State House of Assembly to pay Honourable Rifkatu Samson Danna all her entitlements with immediate effect.

Justice Zango, delivering judgment Thursay said that the indefinite suspension of the only female lawmaker in the state was illegal, unconstitutional and beyond the powers of the House.

He explained that the House has power to suspend its members for only four legislative seatings and anything more than that is a violation of fundamental human rights and expression of freedom.

According to him, Danna was suspended based on allegation of having divergent opinion on the relocation of Tafawa Balewa Local Council headquarters to Bununu village.

He said that the suspension was a clear infringement on her fundamental human rights and the people of her constituency who elected her to represent them at the Bauchi State House of Assembly.

Justice Zango stated that Danna was elected to represent her constituency for four years but going by her indefinite suspension that means the people of her constituency were deprived of the dividend of democracy and her rights were abused.

He ordered that the member should be paid her full salaries, allowances, committee allowances and her constituency allowances from June 1, 2012 to date and restore all government property and security to enable her go about her normal duty to her constituency.

In her appreciation, Danna expressed gratitude to the Nigerian judiciary for upholding justice, adding that she went to the court and she expected nothing less that true justice.

She said the court judgment will motivate her to do more for her people that she is representing at the Bauchi State of Assembly while also thanking members of her constituency for their support during her indefinite suspension.

In his remarks, Barrister Mathias commended the court for upholding justice and delivering justice appropriately.

But counsel to Bauchi State Speaker and House of Assembly, Annas Ilellah said he would consult with his client for further action.

Speaking to reporters on the outcome of the judgment, National President of Zaar Development Association, Mr. Instifanus Bala Gambar commended the judge for being incorruptible and described Danna as the ‘Esther’ of the Sayawa people of Bogoro and Tafawa Balewa local councils.

He added that the Bogoro people have suffered deprivation due to the suspension of their representative.

Category: Bauchi State News

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