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The Kaduna State Ministry of Justice has flayed the allegations in a petition to NBA against Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, stating that the state government upholds fidelity to the law, for the purposes of upholding order and promoting peaceful coexistence and for advancing its governance reforms.

This includes strengthening the capacity of the justice system by appointing more magistrates, employing more lawyers and working with the National Judicial Council (NJC) to increase the number of high court judges in the state, the government added.

In a statement signed by the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Aisha Dikko, the Ministry of Justice refuted what it described as spurious allegations that were made by certain persons in a petition to the NBA.

She noted that the criminal cases mentioned have a common thread of incitement and spreading false information which cannot be tolerated in any civilized community, not least in a state that has suffered from so much ethno-religious strife.

She decried the tendency of the petitioners to personalize government, stating that the cases mentioned in the NBA petition were filed by the Ministry of Justice as part of its statutory duty to enforce law and order.

The Attorney-General stated that a government that goes to court as the proper arena for deciding cases cannot be reasonably accused of not respecting the rule of law.

Refuting the specific allegations pertaining to the rule of law, the Attorney-General said that the state government has no idea of the whereabouts of, or has any involvement whatsoever in the reported abduction of Abubakar Idris Usman, also known as Dadiyata.

According to the Commissioner, it amounts to stretching the fact that Dadiyata was abducted within Kaduna State to mean the involvement of the state government in the matter.

The Attorney General pointed out that Kaduna State Government ‘has neither filed any complaint against Usman with the police nor has it instituted a suit against him before the court.

Aisha Dikko recalled that Kaduna State Government has demonstrated its commitment to the rule of law and its first test was in July 2015, barely two months after the government took office when a newspaper defamed the governor.

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