The National Industrial Court on Wednesday restrained the Commissioner of Police from meddling in the affairs of the suspended Chairman of the Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission, Muhuyi Rimin-Gado.
Delivering judgment, Justice Oyejoju Oyewumi also ordered the government to pay his entitlements of N326,508.07.
The Judge further directed that the 6th defendant, the Commissioner of Police, Kano, had no business in the subject matter of the suit, which was within the exclusive competence of the court to decide.
The court dismissed the defendants’ preliminary objection, which bordered on the jurisdiction of the court.
The defence counsel to all the defendants, Abdulsalam Saleh and Aliyu Fagge, had raised the objection on the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the matter, submitting that the matter ought to have been filed before the Kano Division of the court.
The counsel had unanimously averred that the cause of action as well as the parties were in Kano and therefore sought in the objection for the matter to be transferred to Kano.
The claimant’s counsel, Muhammad Tola, in response to the objection, submitted that the suit was filed in Abuja because of the security situation in Kano between the claimant’s supporters and the State Government’s supporters.
The court having delved into the issue of objection and dismissing it also stated that the claimant’s prayer for the court to declare that his suspension was malicious, ultra vires, null and void, did not succeed.
The judge also stated that the claimant’s prayer for a declaration that the fifth defendant acting as chairman of the commission was illegal, ultra vires, unlawful did not succeed as well as his prayer for payment of general damages.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Rimin-Gado instituted the suit challenging his suspension against the Kano State Government and five others.
The other dependents in the suit are the Attorney General of Kano, Kano State House of Assembly, Accountant General of Kano, Balarabe as acting chairman and Kano State Commissioner of Police as first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth defendants respectively.
NAN also report that from facts, the Kano State House of Assembly suspended the claimant as the substantive chairman of the commission on July 5, 2021.
Subsequently, on July 26, 2021 a letter was recommended for his dismissal and immediate arrest and prosecution over an alleged forgery.
The claimant therefore approached the court praying for the mentioned reliefs.