Kano: Court nullifies suspension of five lawmakers

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By Our Reporter

A Federal High Court, sitting in Kano, on Wednesday, nullified the suspension of five lawmakers, by the Kano State House of Assembly.

The lawmakers challenged their suspension in court.

The court however agreed with their arguments and declared their suspension as null and void and of no effect.

In an originating summons, the plaintiffs urged the court to declare their suspension, as a violation of Section 109 of the 1999 constitution, as amended, which clearly stipulates and guarantees their tenure in office.

While the embattled lawmakers, argued that their suspension was a contravention of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the Speaker, Kano State House of Assembly, on the other hand, prayed the court to dismiss the request of the plaintiffs.

Justice Allagoa, in her ruling, said the suspension of the lawmakers was a deprivation of their rights to participate freely in the affairs of the state.

Also, she directed Kano State House of Assembly and the Speaker of the House to pay the withheld entitlements of the suspended lawmakers forthwith.

The suspended lawmakers include Isiyaku Ali Danja, Salisu Ahmed Gwangwazo, Garba Yau Gwarmai, and Mohammed Bello Butu.

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