Kano light rail trial: Senate President seeks for time to respond


Senate President, Alhaji Ahmed Lawan has appealed to a Federal High Court in Kano to grant him more time to enable him respond to issues raised in a suit seeking to stop a N300bn loan to finance the proposed Kano Light Rail project.

At the resume hearing on Tuesday, Lawan filed an application through his Counsel, Lawan Yusufari SAN seeking for the more time.

Yusufari told the court that his client was only served with court papers sometimes in January this year.

He, therefore, argued that “I need more time to study the papers to enable me understand issues raised before I could respond.”

In the same vein, incorporated trustees of the Northern Patriotic Front had applied to be joined in the suit.

However, Counsels to the Kano state government and Kano State House of Assembly Marcelineus Duru raised a preliminary objection challenging jurisdiction of the court to adjudicate in the matter.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Salamatu Mark adjourned the case till April 19th for hearing of all the applications.

Daily Telescope recalled that a Kano based civil society organization, Centre for Awareness on Justice and Accountability (CAJA) had dragged the Senate President Ahmed Lawan and seven others before the court seeking for an order to stop the loan approved by the Kano State House of Assembly.

The loan, Daily Telescope observed, is to be granted by the Chinese Export-Import Bank If guaranteed by Federal Government.


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