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Court adjourns kidnapping trial of ex-commissioner

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The Upper Shari’a Court sitting in Gusau, Zamfara State, on Thursday adjourned the case of alleged kidnapping and cattle rustling involving a former Commissioner of Local Government Affairs in the state, Alhaji Bello Dankande Gamji, till December 30.

The presiding judge, Alhaji Abdulhadi Sani Gusau declined to grant the defendant’s bail and ordered that he should be remanded in prison till the adjourned date.

The ex- commissioner was arraigned for alleged kidnapping of two people – Sani Na’awala and Alhaji Ja’o.

The judge had also ruled that the court has jurisdiction to entertain the case contrary to the defendant’s counsel argument that the court cannot adjudicate in the matter.

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Gamji was also charged for alleged rustling of 50 cows and 52 sheep belonging to the two people he allegedly abducted.

Barr. Ibrahim Haruna, who presented the case, said the former commissioner had instructed two vigilante group members, Saminu Gandau and Shitu Mafara to abduct Na’awala and Ja’o and confiscate their animals.

Gamji had denied all the allegations.

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