By Salim Umar Ibrahim, Kano
The sitting of the ad-hoc committee of Kano state House of Assembly investigating the suspended Chairman of the state public complaints and anti-corruption commission, Muhuyi Magaji Rimigado has been postponed till further notice.
This is according to the Secretary of the committee and Deputy Director, Legal Services, Kano State House of Assembly, Barr. Abdullahi Abdulsalam Bature, who stated that it is due to the letter forwarded to the house by Counsel to Muhuyi Rimigado stating ill health and request for some documents.
“We were served a letter by the lawyers of the suspended Chairman of the commission stating that he is ill , attending to his health in Abuja and demanded for some documents which we would oblige them,” Barr. Bature said.
When asked by journalists on the next date of the sitting, he said that would be communicated to the Counsel of Muhuyi Magaji later.
On his part, Muhuyi Magaji Rimingado’s Lawyer, Barr. Usman Umar Fari said the suspended Chairman of the Commission is attending to his health in Abuja, hence he forwarded his hospital documents from the National Hospital Abuja.
He noted that apart from the health issue, they are requesting from the house, to provide them with a certified True Copy of the petition against Muhuyi Magaji Rimingado.
Also, they are requesting for the resolution of the House suspending him, Press releases by the house on the issue and another time to honour the invitation of the house after his medical appointments.
“Since he was suspended by the house on July 5th, there was no single letter, nor a copy of the allegation against him. The only document we have sent to him was the invitation letter sent to him dated July 12th. Hence he needed to be informed of the allegations against him,” said Barr. Fari.
“The request is in line with the basic principles of fair hearing and fair trial as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which frowns at a trial by ambush.’’
According to Barr. Usman Fari, “Our client is very willing and ready to honour the house invitation, however, he must be obliged adequate time in line with medical advice of his physicians.”