Court Adjourns Case of False Information, forgery against  Katsina Lawmaker

From Our Correspondent

A Katsina Chief Magistrate court
Sitting in Funtua, has adjourned to 11 June 2019 for ruling whether the Attorney General of Katsina state has the Constitution right to take over a case of criminal complaint of false information and forgery filled against the Senator representing Kastina South Senatorial in the upper Chamber
Bello Mandiya.

A State Counsel from the Ministry of Justice had approached the Court that the Ministry is taking over the matter in line with section 211 of the Constitution.

The Counsel also said the Court should not issued a bench warrant for arrest been sought by Counsel to the complainant.

He explained that if the Ministry take over the case they will approach the Court with such order if needed.

After hearing the two learned counsels, the Chief Magistrate Abdu Ladan adjourned the matter to 11th June for ruling.

The matter was brought to the court by human rights activist Shehu Dahiru.

The Counsel to the complainant Barrister Lawal Amah the suit No-CMC/FT/92DC/19 sought for a criminal summons to be issued against the defendant.

He added that the defendant contested and won the Katsina South (Funtua Zone) Senatorial seat under the platform of APC.

Barrister Lawal Amah alleged that “the defendant in filling form CF001 of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) more particularly at page 3 paragraph D (1) stated that he voluntarily retired from the civil service in 2001 and no more and the above declaration was made under Oath.

“While it is a fact that the defendant is the Chief of Staff at Government House, Katsina, as can be seen from his pay slip for the month of February, 2019 which shows that the defendant contested and won the election while under the employment of Kastina State Government.

“It is on this that a complaint of False information contrary to the section 140 and the forgery contrary to section 364 all of the penal code is lodged against the defendant.