Breaking: Court orders for continues detention of Mahdi Shehu, adjourned to Friday 12
The Katsina Federal High Court presided over by Justice Hadiza Shagari, on Monday, adjourned the trial and hearing of bail application of Alhaji Mahdi Shehu, to Friday 12 March, 2021.
The judge also ordered for his remand with the police pending the adjourned day for debate on his bail application.
Recall that the Katsina Whistle Blower, Mahadi Shehu on Monday morning arrived at the Federal High Court on crouches for the first hearing into the alleged Cyber Crime labelled against him by the state government and the Inspector-General of Police.
Katsina Post recalled that on February 4th, 2021, the Katsina State Government dragged Shehu before the court shorty after the State Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General, Justice Ahmad El-Marzuq filed a suit before the court on Thursday.
The Presiding judge, Justice Hadiza Rabiu Shagari, gave the order on Monday when Mahdi was arraigned on a six-count charges bordering on cybercrime against Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari and members of his cabinet.
After reading the charges to the defendant, to which he said he understood but decided to keep mute on the plea of guilty or not on the advice of his counsel, the prosecution counsel, Barrister Simon Lough, asked the court to remand the defendant in prison custody.
But the judge said based on the physical condition of the defendant, she could not remand him in prison but that he should remain in police custody.
The defense counsel, Barrister M.I. Abubakar, then indicated interest to file an oral application for bail but the judge refused.
Earlier, the defense counsel filed a motion on notice, challenging the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the case brought before it.
He argued that the complainant, Inspector General of Police, had “flagrantly disobeyed” an Abuja Federal High Court order, ordering the release of Mahdi on bail.
Other grounds on which the defense party stood were that multiple charges could not be filed in different courts against the same accused based on the same facts, as well as fear of likelihood of bias by the Katsina Federal High court.
However the judge ruled that the court would go ahead with the proceedings and since the matter was for arraignment, the court will not accept any objections before the arraignment.