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Court stops arrest of APC members behind Ganduje suspension

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A Kano high court has granted an ex-parte order restraining the Inspector General of Police, Assistant Inspector General Zone 1 Kano, and Commissioner of Police, Kano from taking any action against the All Progressives Congress ward officers at Ganduje ward, Dawakin-Tofa local government area of Kano state.

In a consolidated order granted by Justice Yusuf Ubale Muhammad on 2nd May 2024, the court also restricted any attempt by APC National Working Committee, State council of the party, and APC acting National Chairman, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje from using security operatives to arrest or detain the Ganduje ward executives pending the hearing and determination of motion on notice.

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The ex-parte motion was jointly filed by Jafar Adamu and 10 others, and Haladu Gwanjo and Laminu Sani Barguma led factional ward officers, through their counsel Shamsu Ubale Jibrin Esq, seeking the protection of their fundamental human rights as guaranteed by the constitution.

“In the consolidated motion ex-parte dated 29th April 2024, the two affidavits, first sworn to by the applicant (Jafar Adamu) suit no. K/M759/2024 and second suit no. K/M758/2024 sworn by applicants Haladu Gwanjo and Laminu Sani Barguma,” the court documents read.

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The applicants are challenging the IGP, AIG zone 1 Kano, Commissioner of Police Kano, APC, APC NWC, Kano APC State Council, and Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

“After hearing Shamsu Ubale Jibrin Esq. of counsel for the two sets of applicants today 2nd of May 2024, it is hereby ordered as follows,” the court ruling stated.

“An interim order of injunction is hereby granted restraining the respondents in the two consolidated suits, their officers, agents, privies, or any other officer serving under them from inviting, arresting, harassing, or detaining the applicants in respect of the subject matter of the suit, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice already filed.

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“It is further ordered that an interim order for the motion on notice and all other processes in these suits shall be served on all the respondents, timeously and before the next adjourned date. The case is adjourned to 5th June 2024, for hearing of the motion on notice.”

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