A Kaduna State High Court today, quashed the suspension of two members of Kaduna State House of Assembly, saying due process was not followed before their suspension.
Justice Hannatu Balogun in her ruling said that the state assembly neither investigated nor afforded the two lawmakers opportunity to defend themselves of allegations levelled against them.
She said that the suspension violated the rights of the lawmakers to fair hearing as guaranteed under section 36 (2) (a) of the Constitution.
The two lawmakers, Mr Bityong Nkom [PDP-Kaura] and Mr Danladi Kwasu [PDP-Zangon Kataf] were suspended by the assembly on Nov. 28, 2017.
Subsequently, the affected House members filed the suit praying the court to declare their suspension a nullity, as they were denied fair hearing.
Reacting to the judgement, counsel to the plaintiffs, Mr Samuel Atung said the court had reinstated and expanded the position of the law that in every proceeding where the right of citizens are violated, they should be given fair hearing.
Counsel to the assembly, Mr Alex Sarki said, “we have nothing than to accept even though I have my reservations.”
On their part, the two lawmakers said the ruling has proved that the court was the last hope of the common man, adding “we are excited justice has prevailed.”