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Kano governorship tribunal orders arrest of INEC witness attackers

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Nasiru Yusuf

Kano state Governorship Tribunal headed by Justice Halima Shamaki has ordered the arrest of persons accused of attacking an INEC staff who gave evidence before the court.

KANO TODAY reports that Halima Sambo Hassan appeared as a witness on Tuesday.

The judge described the online attack on Halima Sambo Hassan as barbaric and ordered security agencies to investigate the incident.

She further ordered the security operatives to arrest and prosecute those behind the attack.

Justice Shamaki warned that the tribunal would not condone any act of contempt from supporters of the parties before the court.

She cautioned that the court will not accommodate the slightest threat to its proceedings.

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“If the life of a witness is threatened, we cannot sit down and pretend that all is well.

“I want to warn seriously, that I have a letter in my file, written by lead counsels in this matter requesting the tribunal to have initially sat in Abuja because they said  Kano is not safe.

“From now any slightest sign of insecurity, I will write to Abuja for the sitting of this panel to be relocated from Kano.” She said.

Counsel representing INEC, Adedayo Adedeji had informed the court that Halima Sambo Hassan, who testified before the tribunal had become a victim of online attack.

Mr Adedeji alleged that photographs of the witness have gone viral accompanied with threats to her life and indecent comments against her personality.

“My lord the photograph of the witness, when leaving this court was taken.

“This is contempt. We seek the protection of this court. For witness to come and give evidence is not a crime.” He said.

He pleaded to the court to restrain party supporters from attending court sessions, if they fail to desist from their unruly attitude.

“Why should a witness not be able to sleep in his or her house? This has to stop.” He added.

PDP and APC condemn attack

The People’s Democratic Party, Kano state chapter has also condemned the alleged online assaults, threat to life and criminal intimidation vented on the witness.

Counsel representing Abba Kabiru Yusuf the PDP flag bearer in the 2019 governorship elections Maliki Kuliya Umar condemned the attacks on the witness.

Mr Umar called on all party supporters to respect the sanctity of the court of law.

He added that all lawyers in the suit would converge to ensure that similar incidents do not reoccur.

Also Mr Offiong Offiong (SAN), counsel to governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje decried the attack on the witness as contemptuous.

Mr Offiong appealed to the relevant security organs to uncover and drag  the suspected perpetrators before the law.

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