Gov Yusuf to pay Doguwa N25Mm damages over alleged murder case

A Member of the House of Representatives, and the Committee Chairman of Downstream Petroleum, Ado Alhassan Doguwa is to be paid by the Kano State Government a Whooping N25 Million Damages for wrongly accusing him of a Murder Case.

The Federal High Court in Abuja, awarded N25 million as damages against the  Kano State Government and the police for wrongly accusing Alhaji Alhassan Ado Doguwa a federal lawmaker of murder in a long awaited ruling.

Mr Doguwa, a representative of the Doguwa/Tudun Wada Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives was accused of the murder of three people believed to be members of the then-opposition New Nigerian People’s Party (NNPP) during the 25 February 2023 general election.

Following his arraignment, Mr Doguwa, a member of the APC, accused the police and  Kano State government of bias after he was arraigned as a principal actor in the fracas.

His petition led to a review of the police investigation of the incident by the police authorities.

The then-outgoing APC administration in the state dropped the police investigation and exonerated him.

But the new governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf, immediately on taking office, said his government would prosecute Mr Doguwa, whom he accused of killing over 15 people.

Mr Yusuf, a member of the NNPP, said the new administration would reopen and pursue the case to a logical conclusion.

“In the same vein, we shall investigate all cases of political violence that led to the loss of lives and properties across the state in the last eight years.

“The infamous case of Alhassan Ado Doguwa, who allegedly sponsored the maiming and murder of over 15 innocent souls in Tudun Wada Local Government, will be pursued to its logical conclusion,” the new governor said in his inaugural speech.

But Mr Doguwa sued the Attorney-General of the Federation, Inspector-General of Police, the Governor of  Kano State, and the Attorney-General of  Kamo State over alleged infringement of his rights to dignity, liberty, and freedom of movement.

In a certified true copy of a judgement of the Federal High Court dated 5 December 2023, released last week, in suit No: FHC/ABJ/ABJ/CS/714/2019, the judge, D.U. Okorowo cleared Mr Doguwa of the murder allegation.


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