Court dismisses suit against Bauchi Governor over bank loan

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A High Court in Bauchi State on Wednesday dismissed a suit against Governor Abubakar, accused of collecting N4 billion bank without the approval of the state House of Assembly. A Bauchi citizen, Nasiru Darazo, had filed a suit against the governor for allegedly taking a N4 billion UBA loan.

The suit questioned the governor’s powers to source for, collect and utilise credit on behalf of the state without the approval of the assembly.

Delivering his judgment Wednesday, Justice Hamidu Kunaza said the respondent lacked the locus standi to file the suit.

He also said Mr. Darazo lacked competent evidence to support his claim that the loan facility was collected.

Mr. Darazo’s lawyer, Dahiru Bello, said his client would appeal the decision, saying that the ruling lacked merit because as a citizen of Bauchi, Mr. Darazo had the right to question the government’s finances.

The governor’s lawyer, Abdullkadir Maunde, praised the court for the ruling.