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Muaz Magaji ‘lost hearing’ as court orders police to take him to hospital

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The embattled former Kano commissioner of Works and Infrastructure, Muaz Magaji, has “lost hearing” after an accident during police chase in Abuja on Thursday, a Kano magistrate court heard.

Mr Magaji was arrested after losing control of his vehicle and ramming into lamppost.

Appearing before Magistrate Aminu Gabari on Friday, Mr Magaji’s lawyer Garzali Ahmad argued that his client temporarily lost hearing owing to aural injuries he sustained after airbag discharge.

Mr Ahmad argued further that the accused would not able to hear the charges and take plea.

He therefore prayed the court to grant bail to his client to seek medical attention.

Ruling on matter, Mr Gabari ordered that Mr Magaji be taken to police hospital and remain in police custody.

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He adjourned the case to Monday January 31.

The Case Against Muaz Magaji

Speaking to DAILY NIGERIAN on Friday, the spokesman for the command, Abdullahi Kiyawa, said the police resorted to arrest after refusal to honourably submit himself to police for questioning despite several invitations.

Mr Kiyawa, a superintendent of police, said the police invited him, following a directive of the court to investigate him.

“We are currently investigating charges of defamation of character, intentional insult, injurious falsehood and inciting disturbance against Muaz Magaji,” the police spokesman said.

Investigations by DAILY NIGERIAN revealed that the governor personally instructed his lawyers, Adekunle Taiye Falola & Co. to file a direct complaint against Mr Magaji at a magistrate court in Kano.

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Findings further revealed that the complaint was addressed to the presiding magistrate of Court 58, Nomansland, Aminu Gabari.

A copy of the formal complaint letter seen by DAILY NIGERIAN read in part: “We are Solicitors to the Executive Governor of Kano State, His Excellency, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje (hereinafter referred to as “our client”) and on whose behalf we write to directly complain against Muaz Magaji (hereinafter referred to as “the suspect”) for the commission of the grievous offences of Criminal Defamation of Character, Assault, Intentional Insult with the Intent to Provoke Breach of Peace and Inciting Disturbance and Disaffection contrary to inter-alia the provisions of Sections 114, 264 and 399 of the Penal Code Law in force in Kano State, meted on our client.

“As a foundation to our client’s complaint, we are instructed by our client that the suspect posted a picture portraying our client as an immoral and ungodly man engaged in an extra-marital affair with a strange woman whose face appeared in the said picture. We are instructed by our client that the said picture had been widely circulated by the suspect on several social media platforms, in a brazen attempt to assassinate the character, goodwill, good name and image of our client, the first citizen of Kano State, which he built for several decades in civil service and in frontline politics in Nigeria.”

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