Court To Hear Complaint Filed By Abuja Based Lawyer Over Social Distancing At Abba Kyari’s Burial
Posted: 01/May/2020

The criminal complaint against government officials, who violated safety precautions at the burial of the late Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari, has been assigned to a magistrate for hearing.

Magistrate Zubairu Mohammad of Court 1, Magistrate Court, Wuse 2 FCT, Abuja, is to hear and determine the complaint.

Human rights lawyer and activist, Mr Tope Akinyode, who instituted the criminal proceeding, argued that a fiat of the Attorney-General was not needed to institute the case. 
 
The lawyer said since government had refused to prosecute its own people, he had decided to take up the matter.

The criminal complaint is against the SGF; the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu; National Security Adviser, Babagana Munguno; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema; Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika; and Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ahmad Rufai.

Kyari died of coronavirus on April 17 and was buried on April 18 at Gudu Cemetery in Abuja.

The court is yet to give a date for the hearing of the matter.