A group, Lawyers for Sustainable Democracy has condemned the arrest of the Deputy Governor of Kano State, Dr Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna as ‘Illegal, Unconstitutional and Condemnable’.
In a statement signed by the National Co-ordinator of the group, Muhammad Zubair, made available to PoliticsNGR, the group demanded the immediate release of Dr Gawuna. They also issued a 7-day ultimatum to the Inspector General of Police to comply with the directive or risk facing legal action.
“Lawyers for Sustainable Democracy in Nigeria held an emergency meeting and discussed the arrest and detention of the Deputy Governor of Kano State and agreed on the following;
“That the arrest and detention of Kano State Deputy Governor, His Excellency Dr Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna is illegal and unconstitutional considering the provision of section 308 of the Nigerian constitution.”
“That we were amazed by the action of the Kano State Police Command and wonder what they want to achieve by the arrest and illegal detention of the Deputy Governor.”
“We believe that the police are fully aware that Dr Gawuna enjoys immunity under Nigeria’s constitution which is similar to what is obtained in other jurisdictions.”
“We categorically and unequivocally state that the police action is illegal and unconstitutional as such is condemnable in its entirety.”
“We call on the Inspector General of Police and the Police Sevice Commission to as a matter of urgency cause investigation into the arrest and detention of the Deputy Governor with a view to taking appropriate disciplinary action against the erring police officers led by the Commissioner of Police Kano State command.”
“We also call on relevant committees of the National Assembly to conduct an investigation into the illegal action of Police in Kano with a view to making appropriate recommendations to the police service commission to avoid further occurrence. We call upon Nigeria’s Governors Forum to condemn the unconstitutional act of arrest and detention of their member and take appropriate measures to avoid further occurrence in the future.”
“We call on the Inspector General of Police to take appropriate action within seven days from today March 12th, 2019 otherwise we would not hesitate to take appropriate legal action against the erring police officers led by the Commissioner of Police Kano State command. Finally, we call on the good people of Kano to remain calm and law-abiding as we have resolved to follow up this matter to its logical conclusion.”