Kano Cleric Sheikh Kabara Drags Kano Govt To Court Over Preaching Ban

Sheikh AbdulJabbar Nasiru Kabara, the popular Kano Islamic scholar banned from further preaching by the Kano State Government has sued the state government and prayed the Federal High Court ,Kano, to declared that his fundamental right was infringed as he was not given fair hearing before the ban was pronounced.

Shiek Kabara also sought an order of perpetual injunction to restrain Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, Commissioner of Police in Kano and other state agents from “oppressing, harassing and imposing any inhibition on him henceforth.”

It would be recalled that the state government last week banned the cleric from preaching henceforth in the state for alleged utterances capable of inciting violence.

The government also directed the Kano State Police Command and other security agencies to effect government order which included sealing of his mosque.

However, challenging the action in court through a motion on notice filed at the federal high court sitting in Kano, Sheik Kabara insisted his right to freedom of expression, movement and peaceful assembly had been violated by the order.

The legal team said his continued detention and the occupation of his residence by state agents were clear breaches of his fundamental right.

The legal team insisted the action of government was being challenged on the ground that Sheik Kabara is a Nigerian citizen who is entitled to enjoy fundamental right as guaranteed by the constitution.

However ,Justice Lewis Allagoa, the presiding judge, directed the plaintiff to ensure all parties are duly served and adjourned hearing on the substantive application to 18th of February, 2020.