False information, forgery: Court fix date to deliver ruling on Masari’s Ex-chief of staff
A Katsina Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Funtua has adjourned to June 11, 2019, for ruling whether the Attorney General of Katsina state has the constitutional right to take over a case of criminal complaint of forgery and false information filed against a Senator-elect.
Human rights activist, Shehu Dahiru, had brought the matter to court in a suit No-CMC/FT/92DC/19, in which he sought for a criminal summons to be issued against Senator-elect Bello Mandiya, representing Katsina South Senatorial zone.
According to counsel to Shehu Dahiru, Barrister Lawal Amah, the defendant contested and won the Katsina South (Funtua Zone) senatorial seat under the platform of the APC in the 2019 senatorial elections in Katsina state.
The prosecuting counsel, Barrister Lawal Amah alleged that “the defendant in filling form CF001 of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) particularly at page 3 paragraph D(1) stated that he voluntarily retired from the civil service in the year 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 Katsina state government.
“It is on this, that a complaint of false information contrary to section 140 and forgery contrary to section 364 all of the penal code is lodged against the defendant.”
However, a state counsel from the Katsina state Ministry of Justice had approached the Court that the Ministry is taking over the suit filed against Bello Mandiya in line with section 211 of the Constitution.
The counsel also said the Court should not issue a bench warrant for arrest being sought by counsel to the complainant. He explained that the Katsina state Justice Ministry has taken over the case and will approach the Court for such order if needed.
After hearing from the two learned counsels, the Chief Magistrate, Abdu Ladan adjourned the matter to June 11th for the ruling.