Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, majority leader of the House of Representatives, was cleared of a murder charge on Thursday by Kano State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Musa Abdullahi-Lawan.
According to Abdullahi-Lawan, who briefed reporters in Kano, the ministry was unable to prove Doguwa’s claims of criminal conspiracy, mischief by fire, and culpable homicide.
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“We cannot find sufficient evidence to link Doguwa with the said offences, considering that we are faced with so much inculpatory and exculpatory evidence for and against him,” Abdullahi-Lawan said.
He said that the statements of those that implicated Doguwa were full of contradictions and could not find medical evidence to prove the death of the victims.
The law is clear that the allegations that Doguwa killed people cannot be substantiated.
“We are variably guided by the findings of the investigations of the Police as contained in the case diary sent from the FCID devoid of sentiments, fear or favour.
According to Abdullahi-Lawan, the second and third suspects who helped Doguwa were found to have a pistol and 30 rounds of live ammo, and further research has shown that the ammunition provided to them by Ballistic States was discovered undamaged.
Some of the witnesses said Doguwa carried a Dane gun while some said it was a pistol.
No bullet shell was recovered at the scene, only one knife, cutlass and charm.
Abdullahi-Lawan reiterated the Ministry’s commitment to ensuring the ultimate dispensation of Justice, equity and fairness irrespective of who it favours.
He added that eight to 12 other suspects would be charged to court with mischief by fire under section 336 of the Penal Code as amended.
Doguwa was arraigned before a Senior Magistrate on March 1, for alleged murder and was admitted to N500 million bail by a Federal High Court, Kano, on March 6.