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JUST IN: Court bars Ganduje from organizing debate between Abduljabbar, other Kano clerics

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Ibrahim Ramalan
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A Magistrate Court 12 sitting in Gidan Murtala has barred the Kano State Government from going ahead with the organization of the much-awaited debate between the controversial cleric, Sheikh Abduljabbar Kabara, and other Islamic clerics in the state.

DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the state government had fixed Sunday, March 7, as the date for the much-awaited debate.

But a legal practitioner, Ma’aruf Yakasai, had approached the court, seeking the halting of the debate.

During the court’s sitting on Friday, the presiding judge, Muhammad Jibril, ordered that the debate be suspended until March 22.

Reacting to the court order, the State Government said it would obey the court order.

The state Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Musa Abdullahi-Lawal, said his government is law-abiding, adding that the order would be obeyed, especially as the court has competent jurisdiction to give such an order.

Also recall that on February 3, the state government had debarred Mr Kabara from preaching, demolished his propagation center and deployed security agents around his residence.

But in a move toward solving the religious impasse raging between Mr Kabara and other clerics, the governor had announced on February 7 that a debate would be held in two weeks.

“After special meeting between the Kano state governor Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and Islamic clerics from all Muslim Sects, on the need to allow for a dialogue between AbdulJabbar Sheikh Nasiru Kabara, and other scholars, the governor accepts dialogue to hold in fews days to come,” the governor had said in a statement by his spokesman, Abba Anwar.

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