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Indictment: Ex-gov Muazu sues Yuguda, Bauchi govt , wants court to set aside …

| March 27, 2013 More

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FORMER Bauchi State governor, Ahmed Adamu Muazu, has sued his successor, Mallam Isa Yuguda, over the 2009 indictment by a judicial commission of inquiry and government’s White Paper, which barred him from holding public office for 10 years.

The commission of inquiry, headed by Justice Bitrus Sanga, which was set up by Governor Yuguda in 2007, indicted the former governor of abuse of office and ordered him to refund N2billion into the coffers of the state government and also directed that the former governor should not hold any public office for a period of 10 years.

The White Paper, released by the state government on the report of the Justice Sanga-led commission of inquiry, accepted the recommendations of the commission and directed that Muazu refunded N2billion to the government and also barred him for 10 years.

But in the suit filed by the ex-governor before Bauchi High Court 1, Muazu, represented by Mr Mustapha Ahmed and Mr Nasiru Balan Malam, asked the court to set aside the said indictments, as contained in the government’s White Paper and seek for an order of the court to set aside all the steps, legal and otherwise, taken by the Bauchi State government against him.

Joined in the suit as defendants were the Bauchi State government; the state’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice; the Judicial Commission of Inquiry and Justice Sanga, who presided over commission of inquiry.

In a twist to the former governor’s suit, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), ‘Watchdog on leadership development’ and one Muhammad Gambo, through their counsel, Mr Sale Bakaro, sought the leave of the court to be joined as interested parties in the case to help the state government defend the case pursuant to Order 11 Rule 3 of the Bauchi State High Court Procedure Rule 1987.

Addressing the court on his clients’ desire to be joined as sixth and seventh defendants, Bakaro told the court that as interested citizens of the state, his clients wanted to be parties in the case, because the judicial commission of inquiry asked Muazu to refund N2billion to the state government’s coffers.

According to him, the money, if refunded, would help to address the socio-economic development and security of Bauchi State, adding that the money would also help in addressing the issue of scarcity of water in the state, as well as develop the education sector in the state.

Bakaro noted secondary school teachers in the state were currently on strike as a result of the dwindling resources accruing to the state government, which he stated forced the state government to suspend the payment of allowances granted its workers by executive fiat.

The strike, he said, had forced secondary school students in the state to remain at home for sometimes now.

The presiding judge, Justice Ibrahim Mohammed Zango, who is also the state’s Chief Judge, adjourned the suit to April 28 to rule on the application of the NGO and Gambo to be joined as co-defendants in the suit.

Category: Bauchi State News

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