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Alleged Murder: Court Orders Kano AG To Open Charges Against Doguwa

A Kano State High Court has granted permission to Retired Chief Magistrate, Muntari Garba Dandago, to apply for an order of mandamus, seeking to compel Kano State Attorney General, Bar. Musa Lawan, to immediately file a charge against Majority Leader, House of Representatives, Alhassan Ado Doguwa, and his other conspirators in an alleged case of culpable homicide and other offences.

The retired Chief Magistrate, through his Counsel, Y.I Shariff, had applied for an order of mandamus seeking to compel the Attorney General to file the charge.

Delivering a ruling on the motion, the presiding judge, Justice Maryam  Sabo, upheld that ”Leave is hereby granted to the Applicant to apply for the issuance of an order of mandamus against the respondent, that is Attorney General of Kano State, compelling him to exercise his power under section 211 of the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) to immediately file a charge against Doguwa and his conspirators for the offences of criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide, mischief, incitement of public disturbance and possession of firearms before a court of competent jurisdiction.”

Order of mandamus is a judicial writ issued as a command to an inferior court or ordering a person to perform a public or statutory duty.

The motion exparte, which contained 19 paragraphs affidavit, was duly sworn to by Applicant himself, dated April 5, 2023, and the written address filed by the Applicant Counsel, dated April 10, 2023.

The Court then adjourned the case to May 12, 2023, for the hearing of the motion on notice.

Reacting to the development, the Kano State Attorney General, and Commissioner for Justice, Musa Abdullahi Lawal, noted that the State Ministry for Justice is still waiting for the Police to complete their investigation and bring back the case file.

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