Kano cleric, Kabara drags Ganduje to court


The embattled Kano Cleric, Abduljabar Kabara, has dragged Governor Abdullah Ganduje to the Federal High Court over infringement of his fundamental right to life, conscience and religion.

The cleric is also seeking an order of perpetual injunction restraining Ganduje, the Commissioner of Police in Kano and other states agents from oppressing, harassing and imposing any inhibition on him henceforth.

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Recall that the Kano State Government last week barred Kabara from preaching and promoting an ideology the government considered to be provocative and inciteful to peace and security.

Challenging the action of the government in a motion of notice filed before the court in Kano, Kabara insisted that his right to freedom of expression, movement and peaceful assembly were being violated.

The representative of Kabara legal team, Rabiu Abdullah, urged the court to stop any act of intimidation, harassment, the threat of arrest and detention against the clergyman, saying it was unlawful.

The presiding Judge, Justice Lewis Allagoa, directed the plaintiff to ensure all parties were duly served.

He adjourned the hearing on the substantive application to February 18.

Addressing journalists after the court hearing, Abdullahi, declared that continuous detention and occupation of his residence by security agents was a clear breach of his fundamental right.

He insisted the action of the state government was being challenged on the ground that Kabara is a Nigerian citizen and entitled to enjoy fundamental rights as guaranteed by the constitution.

He accused the Kano State Executive Council of arrogating the power of the judge, prosecuting Kabara without a fair hearing