Kano state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Musa A. Lawan has refused media reports insinuating a perpetual order of court compelling him to prosecute alleged criminal trial charged against majority leader of the house of representatives Hon Alhassan Ado Doguwa.
Beside, the AG worried that the plaintiff has failed to properly present the application granted by a state high court before the public, and delibrately prefer to remain silent to mislead the public on Doguwa’s trial.
Justice Maryam Sabo Mni on 26 April, 2023 granted a leave sequel to application filed by retired Chief Magistrate Muktari Dandago to compel the Kano AG to prosecution alleged culpable homicide, criminal conspiracy and other charges brought against Doguwa by the police.
However, some section of the media who misrepresented the order of the court reported the AG had been compelled to prosecute the defendant.
“No order of mandamus was issued against me and if the plaintiff’s lawyers would remain professional and minister in the tempo of justice they should be abled to come out clean, devoid of political sentiment and tell the whole truth to the public what the order granted actually means.
“The lawyers that file the case know that the matter was misrepresented but they have decided to remain silence because of politics. The application filed before the court was a leave for me to appear before the court to explain why I should not be compelled to prosecute Doguwa”. Kano AG noted.
Barrister Lawal spoke with journalists on Monday when he appeared to show cause why he should not be compelled to prosecute the embattled member representing Doguwa/Tudun-Wada federal constituency of Kano at the house of representatives.
“We were given a hearing notice that the court we sit on Friday but that did not hold and the case was adjourned to Monday that is today and ofcause we came here as early as 9am and we were told the case will not go on because the judge is not back.
“We are ready to defend ourselves and I just hope this is not intentional to delay the proceedings or resume hearing when we are not hear and now accuse us of failure to appear before the court. Ofcause the court has granted them leave for us to appear to explain why an order of mandamus should not be granted against us on the prosecution of Doguwa”. AG said.
Meanwhile, the case scheduled for hearing on Monday could not continue due to the absence of Justice Sabo who was said to be away for election petition tribunal in Adamawa state.