Judge’s absence stalls hearing of sacked Zamfara emir’s suit against IGP, others

The case involving the sacked emir of Maru in Zamfara State could not hold on Wednesday following the absence of presiding judge, Justice˺ Bello Shinkafi.

It was gathered that Shinkafi’s absence stalled the judgment in the suit instituted by the dethroned emir, Alhaji Abubakar Ibrahim, against the Inspector General of Police, IGP and four others – the immediate past Secretary to the Zamfara State Government, Bala Maru; the State Director, Department of State Service, (DSS); Commissioner of Police; and Director General of DSS.

Ibrahim had dragged the IGP and others before the Federal High Court, Gusau, the state capital, but was later transferred by Justice Fatima Aminu to the Zamfara State High Court.

The sacked emir is challenging the alleged infringement on his fundamental human rights, unlawful arrest, detention and defamation of character and is demanding the sum of N6.5 billion as damages.

Shinkafi had earlier adjourned the judgment last Tuesday to Wednesday 11 August, 2021, before he was not ready.

However, the judge was not in court this Wednesday because he was said to be indisposed.

Counsel to the dethroned emir, Sam Anosike, said a new date for the judgment would be communicated later to all parties involved in the matter.

Recall that the emir of Maru Emirate, Abubakar Cika Ibrahim was in October 2019 suspended and later removed by the Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle administration for alleged involvement in the banditry activities ravaging the entire state.

He was detained at the Government House, Gusau, the state capital, for eleven months.

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