The Governor of Kano State, Abba Yusuf, announced on Monday that the immediate past Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Alhassan Doguwa, will face trial in a court of law. Doguwa is accused of causing the deaths of three individuals during a clash between his supporters and members of the New Nigeria People Party (NNPP) in the state’s Tudun Wada Local Government area.
Initially, the police had filed murder charges against Doguwa, but the state government, represented by the former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Musa Lawan, decided to drop those charges. Lawan cited insufficient evidence for the charges of criminal conspiracy, mischief by fire, and culpable homicide against the lawmaker. The NNPP’s campaign office was also destroyed during the incident.
Following Doguwa’s accusations of police bias, the investigation was reviewed by the police authorities. The clash occurred during the February 25 election and involved members of the NNPP and the All Progressives Congress (APC), which was the ruling party at the time
“Based on the contradicted witnesses received, those that indicted were full of contradictions while others exonerated him (Mr. Doguwa) according to the police investigation report submitted to the Kano State government.
“After scrutiny, we cannot establish a murder charge against Alhassan Ado Doguwa and other accomplices, including the police officers whose ammunition was intact after the incident.
“By law, if you have a contradiction in evidence against a suspect, you can pick the one that exonerates him against the ones that have contradictions, this made us to arrive that we cannot charge them in court,” Mr Lawan said while dropping the murder the murder charges against the lawmaker.
However, the current administration in the state has expressed its intention to recommence the case and see it through to a conclusive resolution.
“In the same vein we shall investigate all cases of political violence that led to 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.