The Kano State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Musa Abdullahi-Lawan, on Thursday absolved the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, of an alleged murder case.
Abdullahi-Lawan, briefing newsmen in Kano, said that based on the foregoing facts and observations, the ministry could not substantiate charges of criminal conspiracy, mischief by fire, and culpable homicide against Doguwa.
“We cannot find sufficient evidence to link Doguwa with the said offenses, considering that we are faced with so many inculpatory and exculpatory evidence for and against him,” Abdullahi-Lawan said.
He said that the statements of those that implicated Doguwa were full of contradictions and could not find medical evidence to prove the death of the victims.
“The law is clear that the allegations that Doguwa killed people cannot be substantiated.
“We are variably guided by the findings of the investigations of the Police as contained in the case diary sent from the FCID devoid of sentiments, fear or favour,” he said.
Abdullahi-Lawan noted that the pistol and 30 rounds of live ammunitions were recovered from the second and third suspects who were aides to Doguwa, adding that investigation reveals that the ammunition given to them by Ballistic states were found intact.
“Some of the witnesses said Doguwa carried a Dane gun while some said it was a pistol.
“No bullet shell was recovered at the scene, only one knife, cutlass and charm,” the Kano State official said in clearing Doguwa of the murder charge preferred against him.
Abdullahi-Lawan reiterated the Ministry’s commitment to ensuring the ultimate dispensation of Justice, equity, and fairness irrespective of who it favours.
He added that eight to 12 other suspects would be charged to court with mischief by fire under section 336 of the Penal Code as amended.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Doguwa was arraigned before a Senior Magistrate on March 1, for alleged murder and was admitted to N500 million bail by a Federal High Court, Kano, on March 6. (NAN)