Ban: Sheikh Abduljabbar heads to court


The Kano renowned Islamic scholar, Sheikh Abduljabbar Nasiru Kabara, who was debarred from preaching in the state has dragged Kano state government to court.

Sheikh Abduljabar filed a suit before a federal high court sitting in Kano over alleged breach of his fundamental rights of movement, expression and peaceful assembly.

Counsel to the Plaintiff, Barrister Rabi’u Shu’aibu Abdullahi, who briefed journalists on the development, said his client was in the court to challenge the ban placed on him by the Kano state government.

Barrister Abdullahi said other parties in the suit include the Police, Department of Security Service (DSS) and Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC).

“My client’s rights of movement, expression, peaceful assembly have been violated. We are seeking for a perpetual injunction restraining Kano state government, Police, DSS and NSCDC from continual infringement of my client’s rights of movement, peaceful assembly and expression.

Barrister Abdullahi averred that his client had sought for an Exparte motion and motion on notice that would guarantee the plaintiff his rights of movement, expression and peaceful assembly which the Nigerian constitution granted him.

“The detention of my client and occupation of his resident by security personnel is clear breach of fundamental rights. So, we are in court to ensure that his rights are respected by the Kano state government and security agents.

Daily Telescope recalled that Sheikh Abduljabar was debarred from preaching in the state last week, by Kano state government over alleged incendiary preaching.

Also, all seminaries run by the clergyman were shut down pending completion of investigation by security agencies.

The cleric, Daily Telescope learnt had been on house arrested since he was barred from preaching in the state.

His resident is being guarded by security personnel comprising police, civil defense and DSS.

According to his counsel, Barrister Abdullahi, Sheikh Abduljabbar was restricted only to his library located inside his resident.

The case was adjourned to 18th February for hearing




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