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Blasphemy: Abduljabbar’s lawyers accuse Ganduje of interfering in court cases

By Abdulmumin Murtala, Kano

The lawyers representing the embattled Kano cleric, Sheikh Abduljabbar Nasiru Kabara, have called on the Kano state governor Abdullahi Ganduje to desist from disturbing utterances against their client that are prejudicial and a threat to the course of justice.

The call was made by Barrister M Bakaro, the head of the legal team representing Sheikh Abduljabbar in a Press Conference, Sunday evening in Kano.

He explained that there are pending cases before the State and Federal High Courts as well as the Upper Sharia Court that should restrict the governor as the state’s Chief Executive from making utterances viewed as prejudicial and a threat to the course of justice as it relates their client.

He also lamented over the process of the arrest of the scholar as violating the legal procedure. He explained that the government wrongly ordered his arrest and taken him to court by 7:30 pm and later detained him in the Correctional Centre in Kano which contravenes the law.

“On Monday 19th July 2021, the Governor of Kano state in the midst of some religious personalities made statements implying the following:

“He linked our client with (Sheikh Abduljabbar Nasiru Kabara) to the dreaded Maitatsine and the Boko Haram.

“He admitted making the Order for the detention of our client at the Nigerian Correctional Centre, Kano. The order which ought to have been made by the court before which our client is standing trial in case No. CR/1/2021. Likewise, the governor made a statement giving direction to the cause of the trial that is yet to commence before the Upper Sharia Court.

“He concluded that our client has abused the personality of the Holy Prophet of Islam (S) notwithstanding that it is a subject matter of a case pending before a court of law for determination which our client pleaded Not Guilty to.

“He denied our client his right to freedom of religion, thought and expression by accusing him of deviating from the view of Saudi Arabia Salafy scholars (which to the Governor shall be adhered to since it came from Saudi Arabia) despite the pendency of the case with suit No. FHC/KN/CS/145/2021 at the Federal High Court in which our client seeks to enforce his fundamental rights of religion, thought and expression as enshrined in the Constitution of Nigeria” Barrister Bakaro stated.

The team of lawyers called on the Kano state governor to desist from further interfering in the course of the judicial process as all the issues are now before various courts of law.

They finally called on all stakeholders including the International Bar Association, Nigerian Bar Association, Civil Society Organizations and security agencies of Nigeria to closely monitor the activities of the Kano state Chief Executive in relation to the cases and ensure that justice is not only done but seen to have been done to their client.

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