Court to hear suit against ministers, aides who attended Abba Kyari’s burial


Life Camp Magistrate Court, Kado, Abuja, has fixed June 30 for hearing a suit filed against the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika; the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema, and 10 others who attended the burial of the President’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, on April 18, 2020.

Others joined in the suit are the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu; the National Security Adviser, Babagana Moguno; the Director-General of National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Rufai; the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq; and the Chief Protocol Officer, Amb Lawal Kazaure.

The President’s Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad; the President’s Private Secretary and nephew, Yusuf Sabiu aka Tunde, Special Assistant to the President, Musa Daura; and the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu, were also joined in the suit.

Determined to bring the public officers to book, human rights lawyer, Tope Akinyode, filed a direct criminal complaint against them at the Magistrate Court, Wuse, Zone 2.

Initially, the Chief Judge of the FCT High Court, Justice Ishaq Bello requested the case file of the erring politicians from Magistrate Zubairu Mohammad who was initially handling the case and the Chief Judge thereafter took the case file into hiding without offering explanation.

“However, in the latest development, a Court Registrar, Mr Yahaya, disclosed on Monday that the case had been reassigned from the Wuse Magistrate Court to Magistrate Court 1, Life Camp, Kado, FCT. Hearing will begin on June 30,” Akinyode said.

At the burial of the late Kyari, the social distancing directive of the Federal Government was not observed at the event, sparking criticisms from Nigerians.

However, the SGF, who is also the Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19, apologised to Nigerians.

Many Nigerians have been convicted and even given jail terms for flouting the government’s lockdown order and congregating.


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