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Court postpones El-Rufai’s case against Kaduna parliament until July 17

The Federal Excessive Court docket in Kaduna on Monday adjourned till July 17, 2024 to listen to a lawsuit filed by former Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai towards the Home of Representatives and the Lawyer Normal of the state.

RexGists On-line stories that El-Rufai has petitioned the court docket to quash the Home of Representatives report indicting him for the theft of N423 billion.

In a lawsuit filed by his lawyer, Abdulhakeem Mustapha, the previous governor alleged that the meeting violated his proper to a good trial by not inviting him to the inquiry.

He asks the court docket to declare the report of the advert hoc committee of the assembly null and void.

Nonetheless, on the graduation of the listening to on Monday, counsel for the primary defendant, Kaduna State Home of Representatives, Sani Katu, SAN, knowledgeable the court docket that they had been within the strategy of submitting a discover of preliminary objection, difficult the jurisdiction of the court docket to listen to the matter.

Sani due to this fact requested an adjournment in order that they might submit all their purposes for the case.

The request was additionally made by the State Commissioner for Justice and Lawyer Normal, Sule Shauaibu, SAN, who’s a defendant within the case.

The applicant’s counsel, Sule Umoru, didn’t oppose the request for extension of time.

In the meantime, the presiding choose, Justice RM Aikawa, after listening to all of the submissions made by counsel, adjourned the case till July 17, 2024, to permit the respondents to file all their purposes, together with the substantive software.

The advert hoc committee arrange by the Kaduna State Home of Representatives to analyze all funds, loans and contracts awarded below El-Rufai on June 5, 2024, indicted the ex-governor and a few of his appointees for embezzling state funds price N423 billion.

Whereas approving the report of the 13-man panel, the Meeting requested the incumbent Governor, Uba Sani, to refer El-Rufai, his Commissioner for Finance and different aides to the related safety businesses for investigation.

The meeting had in April arrange a 13-man panel, headed by vice-chairman Henry Danjuma, to analyze El-Rufai’s governance.

The inquiry by the meeting got here weeks after the incumbent governor, Sani, complained that El-Rufai had left him with an enormous debt burden.

Sani, who spoke at a rally in Kaduna, mentioned he inherited a good state treasury and couldn’t pay employees’ salaries.

Sani mentioned: “Regardless of the massive debt burden of $587 million, N85 billion and 115 contractual obligations sadly inherited from the earlier administration, we stay decided to steer Kaduna State in direction of progress and sustainable growth.”

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