A Katsina base legal practitioner M.S Mahuta Esq. ACIArb. has taken a hundred million naira legal battle on enforcing his Fundamental Right. The suit which was filed at the Federal High Court Katsina Judicial Division with the Suit No: FHC/KT/CS/5/2017, has the following as the Respondents, Attorney General of Katsina State, Commissioner of Police Katsina State, one ASP Iliyasu (Admin. Officer S. I. B) Police Headquarters Katsina State, Commandant, Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps. Katsina State and Director, Department of State Security Service, Katsina State.
In a 42 paragraphs affidavit deposed to by MAHUTA Esq. himself and which was made available to THE NIGERIA LAWYER, it was stated that on Tuesday 28th day of March, 2017 the Applicant alongside his two junior colleagues were stopped around the G. R. A round about by officers and men of the 2nd to 5th Respondents because the former Katsina Governor of Katsina State Barr. Ibrahim Shehu Shema had a case in the High Court, the Applicant and his colleagues took another route to Nagwamatse, to his dismay the road was also blocked by men and officers of the Respondents. The Applicant later succeeded to pass through the Nagwamatse with the help of one officer who knew him but unfortunately about 30, officers of the Respondents accosted him and refused him entrance to the court room when he got to the main gate.
It was also stated that some litigants, and lawyers who had matters before various divisions of the High Court complex were refused ingress by the Respondents and have had unpleasant encounters whenever the case involving the former Governor comes up. And that from his chambers to the High Court, he met about 11 check points mounted by the Respondents and that on each occasion the officers harassed and intimated them.
He further avers that in some places most of the roads leading to High Court Katsina were blocked completely and diverted to another route by the Respondents and this has caused delay and late arrival to court by most lawyers, litigants, other interested persons and himself. The Applicant after painstaking, persuasion, diversion of roads, stress and inconveniences , he managed to get to the court but only to be stopped from entering the court room by one Iliyasu, an ASP on the ground that the courtroom was congested. He explained to the Officer that he came for his matter, the second on the cause list and if no case was called out of turn would be heard before the former Governor’s case and there are about one hundred audience in the court already who had no case of their own but only came as spectators in the case against the former Governor.
The officer got angry which led into an argument before he knew it the 5th Respondent’s men came and started tapping him violently on his shoulder, the Applicant told them to stop assaulting but the Respondents went further to insist that he must leave the court premises which the Applicant had to heed to the command. But the unfortunate thing was that Respondents allowed not less than 20 people to enter the courtroom including the former Governor and his entourage.
He also stated that the 5th Respondent’s officer to threatened to break his mobile phone and ordered him and his junior colleagues to the corridor of the court hall stressing that their presence was a nuisance to their official duties. Even when the Deputy Chief Registrar Litigation, pleaded with the Respondents to let the Applicant in, the Respondents refused to budge, threatening to deal with the Applicant.