Appeal filed by suspended head of Kano anti-graft commission against CCT ruling

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Muhuyi Magaji, the head of the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission (PCACC), has taken legal action by appealing the decision that led to his suspension by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

In Abuja, a three-member tribunal presided over by Justice Danladi Umar suspended Magaji on Thursday after the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) submitted misconduct charges against him, according to COSMATO.

The tribunal possessed the necessary competence and authority to consider the matter, according to Justice Umar’s finding, who rejected Magaji’s application.

While the issue is being heard and decided, he ordered the appointment of an appropriate officer to serve as interim chairman of the commission by the governor of Kano State, Abba Yusuf, and the secretary to the state government.

Because he was unhappy with the decision, Magaji took his case to the Abuja Court of Appeal via his lawyer, Adeola Adedipe.

Adedipe, a prominent lawyer, stated five reasons in his April 5 notice of appeal asking the appellate court to reject the CCT’s decision.

By ordering his client to resign as chairman of PCACC and so establishing his guilt at the interlocutory stage, he claimed the CCT committed a legal error since it violated his client’s rights to a fair trial, a fair hearing, and the presumption of innocence.

The verdict was what he called “a miscarriage of justice,” he said.

He went on to say that the tribunal made a legal mistake when it found Magaji capable of influencing CCB’s witnesses in PCACC, despite the lack of evidence to back up such an implausible accusation.

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