El-Rufai Vs Kaduna Assembly: Court Adjourns To July 17 For Hearing Of Respondents Applications

A Federal High Court sitting in Kaduna State has adjourned to July 17th to hear the case filed by former governor of the state Nasir El-Rufai against the Kaduna State House of Assembly and the Attorney General of the State challenging the House committee’s report which accused him of corruption.

At the commencement of the hearing of the case on Monday, counsel to the first respondent, the Kaduna State House of Assembly, Sani Katu, (SAN) informed the court that they are in the process of filing a notice of preliminary objection, challenging the court’s jurisdiction to hear the case.

The counsel, therefore, seeks an extension of time to enable them to file all their applications on the case filed against his client by the applicant, Nasir El-Rufai.

On his part, the Attorney General of Kaduna State and Commissioner of Justice, Sule Shauibu corroborated the information of the applicant’s counsel to the effect that they have filed their processes, which are the preliminary objection and counter to the suit. He, therefore, conceded to the adjournment sought by the applicant’s counsel.

Counsel to the applicant, Sule Umoru, however, did not oppose the application for the extension of time by counsel to the first respondent.

After listening to all the submissions made by the counsels, the presiding judge, Justice R.M Aikawa adjourned the case to July 17th, 2024, to enable the respondents to file all their applications including the substantive application.

El-Rufai had on June 26th filed a case at the Federal High Court, Kaduna to challenge the probe report of the Kaduna State House of Assembly which indicted him for corruption during his eight years of administration.

Among other claims, he asked the court to declare the Assembly report null and void for violating his right to a fair hearing as guaranteed under the Constitution, since he was not invited by the house to defend himself against all the allegations levelled against him.