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Court reinstates 4 suspended Kano lawmakers

A Federal High Court, sitting in Kano State, has quashed the suspension of five lawmakers by the Kano State House of Assembly and declared their suspension null and void.

The Plaintiffs, in an Originating Summons, urged the court to declare their suspension a violation of Section 109 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, which stipulated and guaranteed their tenure in office.

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The suspended lawmakers also argued that their suspension was a contravention of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

However, Speaker of the Assembly urged the court to dismiss the request made to it by the plaintiffs.

Justice Lewis, in the judgment, held that the suspension of the lawmakers was a deprivation of their rights to participate freely in the affairs of the State.

The court also directed the Assembly and its Speaker to pay the withheld entitlements of the suspended lawmakers forthwith.