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Kano Scholar Drags Ganduje’s Government, Police, DSS To Court Over Harassment, Three-Day Siege

A Federal High Court in Kano State has fixed February 18, 2021, for hearing in the case of infringement of fundamental rights of Sheikh Abduljabbar Nasiru Kabara whose religious activities have been banned by the Kano State government for allegedly inciting a breach of peace in the state.

This was made known to newsmen by a team of lawyers headed by Barrister Rabiu Abdullahi representing the embattled Muslim scholar in Kano on Wednesday.

SaharaReporters had on Saturday reported how Governor Abdullahi Ganduje deployed the police and officers of the Department of State Services to lay siege to the cleric’s house, denying him access to food and other basic supplies for at least three days.

Delivering the address, counsel for the embattled scholar stated that the fundamental rights to religion, expression, association, movement, and ownership of immovable property had all been infringed by the actions taken by the state government.

He explained that the residence of the embattled scholar was taken over by security men who barred everyone from accessing the house.

He further explained that the legal team filed a motion before Justice Allagoa, the presiding judge of the Federal High Court in Kano on February 5, 2021, seeking enforcement of his rights.

He said, “We analysed all the issues and saw that an action of enforcement of fundamental human rights of Sheikh Abduljabbar Nasiru Kabara will be filed before the Federal High Court. 

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“That action was filed on February 5, 2021, seeking the following orders; an order of the court allowing the applicant, Sheikh Abduljabbar Nasiru Kabara, to exercise his right of personal liberty, right of fair hearing, freedom of movement, right of freedom of thought conscience and religion, right to peaceful assembly and association, right to freedom of expression and right to freedom from discrimination as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. 

“The second order we sort is that the declaration of the court that the Right to Life and right to acquire and own immovable property anywhere in Nigeria as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria are likely to be infringed by the respondent against the applicant in the manner complained of in the affidavit in support of the application. 

“Thirdly, we sort the declaration of the court that any act of intimidation, harassment to arrest and detain the applicant, Abduljabbar Nasiru Kabara is in breach of his constitutional rights provisions and such arrest and detention is unlawful.”

He then stated that these, among others, are the prayers sorted for by the legal team before the court, to which the court instructed that the defendants be served notice to appear before the court within five days. 

The defendants to be notified to appear in the case before the court are the Kano State government, the Attorney General of the state, the Nigeria Police, DSS, and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.

“These are the orders that we prayed from the court and the matter was fixed to today for the hearing of our demands.

“As usual, we filed two motions, motion ex parte and motion on notice. The motion ex parte was to be heard today and the court directed us to serve all the respondents with the motion on notice so that the court will jointly hear all the prayers and give its ruling in respect of all the prayers contained in these two applications.

“The matter was adjourned to February 18, for the hearing of the application and the respondent will be served to appear before the court” he stated.

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