UPDATED: Alleged Homicide: Court grants bail to Alhassan Ado Doguwa
A federal high court sitting in Kano on Monday granted bail to House of Representatives Majority Leader, Alhassan Ado Doguwa standing trail over alleged culpable homicide.
SOLACEBASE had reported that a senior magistrate court in Kano had remanded Alhassan Ado Doguwa till Tuesday, March 7th , 2023 over charges bordering on alleged culpable homicide, criminal conspiracy, illegal possession of firearm, mischief by fire and inciting public disturbance.
Ado-Doguwa (APC-Doguwa/Tudun Wada, Kano) is standing trial alongside one Bashir Dahiru.
The prosecutor, Mrs Aisha Salisu, told the court that the defendants committed the offence on Feb. 26 at Tudun Wada Dankadai in Tudun Wada Local Government Area of Kano State.
She told the court that Doguwa allegedly shot one Ibrahim Dauda to death and injured two persons in their legs and hands.
She said the offences are contrary to section 97, 114, 221 ,247 and 336 of penal code.
“The defendants conspired with five others still at large, conducted themselves in a manner to cause breach of public peace and burnt the office of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) in Tudun Wada Dankadai.
“Two persons lost their lives at the said NNPP office on the day of the incident, while six persons sustained various degrees of injuries,’’ she said.
However, on Monday, in an ex parte application filed pursuant to the Fundamental Rights Enforcement Procedure Rules by the office of Nureini Jimoh SAN, the judge granted bail to Alhassan Ado Doguwa who is currently awaiting trial for culpable homicide, arson and disturbance of public peace in the sum of N500M each by two permanent secretaries of traditional leaders.
The lawmaker was asked to drop his international passport with the Deputy Chief Registrar of the Court and not to visit his constituency during the gubernatorial elections.
Before granting the bail application, the attention of the judge was drawn by some lawyers present in court who identified themselves as amicus curiae (friends of the court) to the fact that the Applicant (Alhassan Ado Doguwa) is being charged for a non-bailable capital offenses of culpable homicide among other grave offenses and that granting him bail is likely to cause civil unrest.
Hon. Justice Yunusa Muhammad had previously been suspended by the National Judicial Council on allegations of corruption and unethical practices in a case involving Rickey Tarfa SAN where the sum of N1.5M were transferred to the judge’s bank account for inexplicable reasons.
In a petition dated 21st December 2023 a civil society organization called Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC) in a letter referenced NJC/F.3.FHC49/1/421 and directed by the NJC to one of its justices, Justice MN Yunusa was summoned to appear in the Supreme Court to answer to the charges against him along with all his documents in defense of the charge.
On Friday, July 15th, 2016, Justice M.N Yunusa was recommended for summary retirement by the NJC, based the recommendation of the investigation committee.
He was found guilty of all the allegations raised in CSNAC petition against him. The judge was however reinstated back on the bench five years later precisely in January 2021.