Court stops Islamic cleric debate organised by Ganduje

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Tukur Muntari, Kano

A Chief Magistrate Court in Kano on Friday ordered the state government to maintain a status-quo regarding anything to do with the embattled Islamic Cleric, Sheikh Abduljabbar Nasiru Kabara whom the court has stopped from preaching pending determination of a case against him.

Recall that Kano State Government had last week fixed Sunday, March 7, 2021, for debate between some Islamic clerics and Sheikh Nasiru Kabara.

The state and the Magistrate Court had barred the cleric from preaching over an alleged comment that is injurious to peaceful coexistence in the state.

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The cleric subsequently begged for a debate so as to accord him fair hearing which the state government obliged.

However, a legal practitioner, Barrister Maaruf Yakasai had filed a suit to be joined in the matter demanding the court to stop the debate as it violates its earlier order stopping Sheikh Abduljabbar Nasiru Kabara from preaching.

Yakasai represented by Barrister Lukman Abdullahi said his client, the applicant is an interested party in the suit, as a concerned citizen of Nigeria, a Muslim and indigene of Kano state.

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At the court sitting on Friday, the Chief Magistrate, Muhammad Jubril insisted that its earlier order must be maintained and the parties are restrained from taking further step including dialogue, or gathering howsoever, whatsoever pending the determination of the application.

He, therefore, adjourned the matter to March 22, 2021, for a continuation of the case

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However, reacting to the ruling, the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Musa Abdullahi Lawal said the government has always been responsible in obeying court order and this would not be an exception.

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‘’We have always been obeying court orders even if you recollect the court order by Judiciary workers on the deduction of their salary, despite the fact that we have a reservation on the jurisdiction of the court, we obeyed it,” he said.

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