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White Paper: Court Quashes Ex

| May 11, 2013 More

A high court in Bauchi State has quashed the report of a judicial commission of inquiry into the management of some ministries, parastatals and extra-ministerial departments that indicted the former governor, Alhaji Ahmed Adamu Muazu.

The court further declared that the said report was no longer alive and subsisting and of no legal effect whatsoever on the plaintiff/applicant (ex-governor Muazu).

LEADERSHIP gathered that the Bauchi State government under Governor Isa Yuguda had, on assumption of office in 2007, set up a judicial commission of inquiry to probe his predecessor Muazu over allegations of misappropriation and embezzlement of billions of naira belonging to the state government.

Consequently, the commission headed by Justice Bitrus Sanga indicted ex-governor Muazu for abuse of office and ordered him to refund N2billion into the coffers of the state government. It also directed that the former governor should not hold any public office for a period of 10 years.

Dissatisfied with the recommendations and indictment by the commission, Muazu sought redress in the court of competent jurisdiction. In his suit No BA/39M/2013, Muazu dragged his successor,  Governor Yuguda, the government of Bauchi State, the attorney-general and commissioner of justice and the judicial commission of inquiry as 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th defendants/respondents  respectively to court.

The ex-governor, represented by his counsel 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 an order of the court to set aside all the steps, legal and otherwise, taken by the Bauchi State government against him.

In a judgement delivered yesterday in Bauchi by Justice I.M. Zango, a copy of which was made available to LEADERSHIP, the court declared that insofar as the government white paper gazette of the Bauchi State government was based on the report of the judicial commission of inquiry, the said white paper cannot stand.

The judge therefore declared that all the indictment in the form of recommendations and government position on same as they relate to ex-governor Muazu cannot stand and they are of no legal effect as they relate to Muazu.

“The indictments contained in the said report and the government white paper are hereby set aside.

“That an order be and is hereby made that all the steps legal and otherwise already taken by the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Defendants/Respondents against the plaintiff/applicant pursuant to the report of the 4th defendant/respondent and the white paper on it are hereby set aside.

There shall be no order as to costs,” Justice Zango declared.

The court also declared that “insofar as the government white paper gazetted by the Bauchi State government contained in the Extraordinary Gazette No. 3 of 12th November, 2009 Vol. 31, is based on the report of the 4th defendant/respondent dated 10th August, 2009, the said white paper cannot stand”.

Category: Bauchi State News

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