Court stops Bauchi govt from prosecuting two former governors


A Federal High Court, Abuja has restrained the Bauchi State Government from prosecuting two former governors over alleged misappropriation of the state’s funds and assets.

The former governor are Isa Yuguda and Mohammed Abubakar.

Delivering judgment, Justice Inyang Ekwo, also nullified the indictment of Isa Yuguda and Mohammed Abubakar by the state Assets and Funds Recovery Committee set up by Governor Bala Mohammed to probe his two predecessors.

Justice Ekwo, who declared the committee as unlawful, restrained the state government from acting on the panel’s report to prosecute them.

The committee had indicted the two immediate-past governors of misappropriating the state’s assets and funds to the tune of 321.5 billion naira.

Isa Yuguda and Mohammed Abubakar had filed the suit to challenge the committee’s report.

They claimed, among others, that not only was the committee set up by the incumbent governor under a repealed law, it was intended to rubbish their reputation.