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Court blocks Ganduje from borrowing N10 billion for CCTV installation

The State House of Assembly had on June 15 approved Mr Ganduje’s request to access N10 billion from Access Bank.

• July 1, 2022
Abdullahi Ganduje
Abdullahi Ganduje

The Kano Division of the Federal High Court on Friday restrained the Kano State Government from borrowing N10 billion for the installation of Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras.

A coalition of NGOs, the Kano First Forum (KFF), filed a motion exparte dated June 27, sworn by the Director-General of the Association Dr Yusuf Isyaka-Rabiu.

KFF through its counsel, led by Badamasi Suleiman-Gandu, prayed the court to restrain Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano from borrowing N10 billion loan.

Other respondents in the suit are the Attorney General of Kano State, Commissioner of Finance Kano and Speaker Kano State House of Assembly.

Others are Access Bank, Federal Ministry of Finance, Debt Management Office and Fiscal Responsibility Commission.

Justice Abdullahi Liman granted the prayers of KFF and restrained the first respondent from borrowing the N10 billion loan and ordered all parties to maintain status quo.

He also ordered the plaintiff to serve the Federal Ministry of Finance, Debt Management office and Fiscal Responsibility Commission with the order and other court processes.

KFF is opposing the borrowing of the N10 billion on the grounds of non compliance with rules and regulations governing loan transactions.

The applicants in their prayers accused the state government of not complying with Debt Management Office’s Establishment Act 2003, fiscal responsibility Act 2007, and laws of Kano State 1968.

The adjourned date would be later communicated to both parties in the suit.

The State House of Assembly had on June 15 approved Mr Ganduje’s request to access N10 billion from Access Bank.

(NAN)

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