Kano Chief Judge reassigns Ganduje’s case

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Kano Chief Judge, Justice Dije Abdu Aboki on Thursday reassigned the alleged corruption case involving All Progressives Congress(APC) National Chairman, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, and seven others to a new Judge.

The case was transferred from Kano High Court 4 presided by Justice Usman Malam Na’abba to Court 7 presided by Justice Amina Adamu.

Many who were at the court for a ruling on substituted service to the defendants were shocked by the sudden reassignment.

According to Baba Jibo Ibrahim, Public Relations Officer of the Kano State High Court, the Chief Judge has the power to direct and transfer a case at any stage before judgment.

Before the transfer, Nuraini Jimoh, SAN, defense lawyer for the 6th respondent, argued that substituted service without previous attempts to serve the defendants was a nullity.

He stated that substituted service cannot be made on a company and would violate the federal constitution.

The defense counsel further argued that there were no charges or hearing notices before the court, and therefore, defendants cannot be served by substituted service.

The Kano State Government has assembled 15 witnesses to testify against the respondents in an eight-count charge.

The matter was adjourned on April 29, 2024, for a ruling on the motion of substituted service as the court had not been able to serve the defendants except for the sixth defendant.

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