False information, forgery: Court threaten to arrest Senator Mandiya
A Chief Magistrate court Sitting in Funtua has ordered the new Senator representing Kastina South Senatorial in the upper Chamber and former Chief of Staff to Governor Aminu Bello Masari Bello Mandiya to appear before it or risk arrest.
The Counsel to the complainant, Barrister Lawal Amah disclosed this in a statement made available to the news in Kaduna yesterday.
He added that Chief Magistrate Abdu Ladan gave the order while delivering 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.
He further said that the Chief Magistrate Abdu Ladan ruled that while the Attorney General of the state has Constitution right to take over a case of criminal complaint there is no body occupying the position now hence the direct Criminal Complaint must go on.
The learned Judge however said a fresh summon must be served on the Senator Bello Mandiya before the next day of hearing.
It will be recalled that Barrister Lawal Amah in a 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 the 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.
The matter has been adjourned to 24th of June for mention.