Majority leader of the House of Representatives, Alhassan Ado Doguwa, who was arrested on Tuesday, has been remanded to the Goron Dutse Correctional Centre by a Kano State Magistrate court presided by senior Magistrate Ibrahim Mansur Yola.
He is accused of criminal conspiracy, mischief, illegal possession of firearms, culpable homicide, and disturbance of public peace.
One of the charges against him reads in part: “that Alhassan Doguwa is charged with burning a building that resulted in the burning to death of Alasan Mohammed and Aminu Malam Amadu, while Bashir Yani, Labaran Sule, and one Amadu were injured by the fire.”
Counsel for the state, Aisha Salisu, asked the presiding judge to remand the two defendants and set another date for their arraignment to enable the office of the Attorney-General to examine the case.
Mr Doguwa’s counsel, Abdul Adamu, filed a bail application, and gave the magistrate an undertaking that they would not jump bail.
Mr Adamu promised the court that the accused would adhere to the bail conditions “in a stringent manner”, especially considering that he (the accused) is a serving member of the House of Representatives, from the Doguwa/Tudunwada Federal Constituency.
Senior Magistrate Mansur issued a ruling ordering the accused to be remanded in Goron Dutse Prison, and subsequently adjourned the case until March 7th.