A Kano high court on Monday, November 5, 2018 ordered the Kano state house of assembly to stop investigating allegations that Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano state, received bribe from contractors.
After videos of the governor allegedly receiving kickback went viral, the assembly set up a panel to investigate the issue.
The panel summoned Jafar Jafar, publisher of Daily Nigerian, the platform which released the materials and subsequently summoned Governor Ganduje who failed to honour the invitation in person but sent a representative.
The panel had slated Tuesday, November 6, 2018 for playing the video clips in the process of investigation.
However on Monday, Justice A.T Badamasi, the presiding judge, ordered the assembly to suspend the probe.
Justice Badamasi gave the order while ruling on an ex parte application by one Muhammad Zubair, the National Coordinator of Lawyers for Sustainable Democracy in Nigeria.
The judge also issued a four-day ultimatum for the respondents to respond to the application and ordered the parties involved to ‘maintain status quo ante’ pending the hearing of the motion on notice.
He also adjourned the case till Monday, November 11, 2018 for the hearing.
Joined as defendants in the suit are the Kano assembly, the house committee investigating the allegation and the attorney-general and commissioner of justice in the state.