Alleged Homicide: Court grants bail to House Leader, Doguwa
Jack Acheme, Kano
A Federal High Court sitting in Kano state on Monday granted bail to House of Representatives Majority Leader, Alhassan Ado Doguwa who was standing trial over alleged culpable homicide.
A senior magistrate court in Kano had remanded Alhassan Ado Doguwa till Tuesday, March 7, 2023, over charges bordering on alleged culpable homicide, criminal conspiracy, illegal possession of a firearm, mischief by fire and inciting public disturbance.
Ado-Doguwa (All Progressives Congress (APC)-Doguwa/Tudun Wada, Kano) is standing trial alongside one Bashir Dahiru.
The prosecutor, Mrs Aisha Salisu, had told the court that the defendants committed the offence on Feb. 26 at Tudun Wada Dankadai in Tudun Wada Local Government Area of Kano State.
She told the court that Doguwa allegedly shot one Ibrahim Dauda to death and injured two persons in their legs and hands.
She said the offences are contrary to sections 97, 114, 221,247 and 336 of the penal code.
However, in an exparte application for the enforcement of the rights of Alhassan Ado Doguwa moved by Barrister Nuraini Jimoh,(SAN) the Counsel urged the court to release the accused on bail, on the ground of jurisdiction by the magistrate’s court that had remanded the accused.
Jimoh contended that since the accused was charged with culpable homicide and illegal possession of firearms, a Magistrate’s Court lacked jurisdictional power to remand Doguwa
Upon hearing the application, Justice Yunusa Muhammad granted him bail in the sum of N500m, with the condition that the suspect must provide two sureties, one of which shall be a first-class traditional ruler while the other must be a permanent secretary at the federal or state civil service.
The Judge ordered that the suspect shall deposit his travel documents with the Court registry, which can be released upon request if needed for travel.
The documents must be resubmitted upon return from the journey.