By: Mustapha Gambo Muhammad
The Chairman, Technical Committee on Conversation & Redevelopment of Some Kano State Owned Properties, Barrister Musa Abdullahi Lawan, has described the claim that Kano State Government has sold some Shari’a courts to private individuals for Commercial purposes as fake, unfounded and political.
The Chairman who is also Kano State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice was reacting to the claims by some Kano based legal practitioners, Barrister Sanusi Umar, Barrister Usman Imam and Comrade Bello Basi who approached the Kano State High Court seeking to restrain the State Government from taking any further step on the building and premises of the courts.
The affected courts Include, Upper Shari’a Court Gidan Maitasine, Yan Awaki, Upper Shari’a Court Yan Alluna, Upper Shari’a Court Shahuci, and Upper Shari’a Court Goron Dutse,
Others are Upper Shari’a Court Kasuwar Kurmi, and Upper Shari’a Court Filin Hockey.
The Attorney General said there was misrepresentation of facts regarding the claims of the three Plaintiffs.
“Government has no any plan to relocate Upper Shari’a Court Goron Dutse and Upper Shari’a Court Filin Hockey, Hausawa,” he said.
According to him there was no any court on the verge of being sold as alleged by Bello Basi and two others.
He said the Government decision to relocate Yan awaki Upper Shari’a Court was due to the fact that the court building has taken over by Kofar Wambai Motor Park and Market, stating that Court is not suppose to be located were there is distraction.
He further said even vehicle’s horn or any other things that will distract the attention of a judge, court officials and litigants is not allowed in court.
“To avoid being distracted, by Vehicles and Passengers in the Park, Yan awaki Court has been relocated to BUK New site Road, were a whole Shari’a Court Division that include, Shari,a Court, Upper Shari’a Court and Shari’a Court of Appeal billed to be completed by the end of September, 2022 as well as official launching by Kano State Governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje,” he said
Similarly, he noted that the Upper Shari’a Court Kurmi Market has also taken over by Marketers, explaining that it is well known that hawkers roaming around the premises of the court.
He pointed out that adjudication needs serene environment to avoid miscarriage of justice.
“Additionally, Marketers and Hawkers have taken over Yan’alluna Court, we received series of complaints from Lawyers, Litigants that the Court has no parking space, the remaining parking space in the court premises has currently taken over by Marketers’ stalls.
He said Government in its own magnanimity also moved Yan Alluna court to Shahuci.
“Now, Government will utilise space of Shahuci Upper Shari’a Court to build a new court for Kurmi Market and Yan Alluna Courts in a single Complex.
“Considering the dilapidated nature, of Shahuci Upper Shari’a Court, in addition with flooding during rainy season, made Govt to include the court in the project.
“With this development, Shahuci Upper Shari’a Court Complex will accommodate Three new Courts, namely, Kurmi Market Upper Shari,a Court, Yan Alluna Court and Shahuci Upper Shari’a Court, all in same Complex.
Barrister Musa Abdullahi Lawan further stated that, a new court will be constructed behind Fagge Upper Shari’a Court to relocate Court of Yan,alluna.
“You see! i challenge the three plaintiffs to come up with their evidence that Kano State Government sold Courts. This is imagination Concocted and false accusations to smear the image of this Government,”
“After building new seven Shari’a Courts in the state the Government also renovates Yankaba Upper Shari’a Court among others to provide serene and enabling working environment for judiciary staff in the state,” the Attorney General further explained.