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Again, Court affirms removal of Rimin-Gado as Kano Anti-Graft Chairman.

Written by Pyramid FM Kano

By: Mustapha Gambo Muhammad

The National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Abuja division has upheld the power of Kano state government to order perpetual removal of former Chairman of Kano state Public Complaints and Anti-corruption Commission, Barr. Muhuyi Magaji Rimin-Gado.

Subsequently, the court declared that Kano state House of Assembly is constitutionally empowered to entertain and investigate petition from the office of the Accountant General of the state as well recommend the suspension of Rimin-Gado accordingly.

Delivery judgement on the matter yesterday, Justice Oyebiola Oyewunmi dismissed the claimant’s major relief that sought for his reinstatement as the substantive chairman of the commission. The court similarly declared that appointment of the acting chairman of the commission, Barrister Mahoud Balarabe was carried out based on due process.

The court also denied Rimin-Gado the N50 million claim for general damages against the state government, insisted the authority (government) that possessed the power to hire and fire has not inflicted any damage on the claimant by the virtue of his suspension from office.

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By the court verdict, Rimin-Gado finally lose all efforts to reclaim his position after his suspension and subsequent sack as Chairman of Kano Anti-Graft commission.

In a suit No: NICN/ABJ/347/202, Rimingado had approached the Abuja court to demand for nullification of his suspension among nine other reliefs against Kano State Government and 5 other defendants.

Also joined in the matter are Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Kano State, Kano State House of Assembly, Kano state Accountant General, Acting Chairman of Kano state Public Complaints and Anti-corruption Commission; Barr. Mahmoud Balarabe and Commissioner of Police; Kano state.

Rimin-Gado, in a suit filed by his counsel, Mohammad Ibrahim Tola, prayed that his purported suspension as substantive Chairman of the anti-graft agency by Kano State government is “malicious, ultra vires, null and void, thereby infringing on his right”.

Also Rimin-Gado wanted the court to declare that, “Kano state house of assembly has no right to determine the petition of Accountant General of Kano state, that causing his suspension from office without first hearing from the him, affording him opportunity to defend himself.

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“That the acting Chairman of the commission is occupying the office illegally and unlawfully. And that he (Rimin-gado) is the substantive chairman of the commission and therefore entitled to all the benefits of his office”.

Also sought that the police has no business in the matter which is within the exclusive competence of the court to decide. The claimant equally wanted the court to compel government to pay him all his entitlement from the beginning of his suspension from office, amounted to N328,508.07.

Rimin-Gado, in the last relief asked the court to restrain the police perpetually from meddling in all the affairs that affect him in his workplace.

While the court denied Rimin-Gado six major prayers out of the nine sought, Justice Oyewunmin however declared that the claimant is entitled to half salary for the period of his suspension.

The court also restrained the police from meddling in the affairs and issues that affect the claimant’s workplace as long as the matter is pending before a competent court of jurisdiction.

Recall that in July 2021 the state’s House of Assembly asked the embattled Chairman of the Anti-corruption agency to step aside after he kicked against the posting of an accountant from the Office of the Accountant-General of the state to his commission.

On March 1, 2022, a Federal High Court sitting in Kano dismissed an ex parte application filed by Rimingado seeking to stop an investigative panel instituted by the Kano State House of Assembly and restrain the police from investigating, arresting or intimidating him, pending the hearing and determination of subsisting court action instituted at state high court.

In April, he was arrested by Police in Abuja and was transported to Kano for prosecution, following his refusal to honor the invitation sent to him by the Kano State House of Assembly.

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