The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta has approved the transfer of the case instituted by Alhaji Umar Abdullahi Tsauri Tata, a former gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA against MTN Nigeria limited to Federal High Court Kaduna. This follows an appeal made to the Chief Justice of the Federal High Court by Alhaji Tata in which he complained against the lackadaisical attitude of the Katsina Federal High Court judge, Justice Babagana Ashigir in his handling of the case which had stalled before him since July, 2015 and was not heard even once.
In a letter signed by the Chief Justice to the Katsina Federal High Court Judge, Justice Ibrahim Auta approved the transfer of the case to Justice M S Shuaibu of Fedaral High Court Kaduna.
Umar Tata has in 2015 instituted a legal action against MTN Nigeria limited for using his line on the eve of elections to contact thousands of Katsina state indigenes informing them that he has withdrawn from the elections and was therefore urging his supporters to vote the PDP candidate, Engr Musa Nashuni.
Tata is seeking a compensation of N30bn from the giant communication company being a refund of expenses incurred in building his political profile in the state, electoral costs and other ancillary damages.
In keeping with the directive of the Chief Justice of the Federal High Court to give the case expeditious hearing, Justice M S Shuaibu has slated Wednesday 14th of December, 2016 for mention and hearing of the case.