LG Poll: Kaduna court issues bench warrant for arrest of PDP candidate

The Peoples Democratic Party

The Local Government election is scheduled for Saturday.

A Chief Magistrate Court sitting late Thursday in Daura road, Kaduna, issued a Bench Warrant for the arrest of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chairmanship candidate for Soba Local Government Area elections.

The local government elections in Kaduna are scheduled to hold on Saturday.

The candidate, Kawu Yakasai, former member of the Kaduna State House of Assembly representing Maigana Constituency and former Chairman of Soba under the platform of the PDP, was summoned to the court to face criminal charges of alleged certificate forgery.

It was a cat and mouse game between the court and Mr. Yakasai as the judge, Hamza Mohammed, adjourned the cased three times on Thursday for the candidate to appear.

He did not.

After the accused failed to appear, the judge ordered his arrest at about 6p.m. on Thursday.

Court sources said if Mr. Yakasai had appeared, the judge would have ordered his detention until after the elections.

The plaintiffs, Musa Mustapha and Ubale Matasa, filed the case through their counsel Garba Shehu.

When the case was first mentioned at about 10 a.m., Mr. Shehu and two other counsels were present in court.

The defence counsel, D. I. Habib, presented a medical certificate of ill health of the accused, dated November 23 and signed by one Mohammed Kabir of Gambo Sawaba hospital, which shows several ailments that require the accused to rest for seven days.

Mr. Habib pleaded with the court to adjourn the case till after the seven days to enable the accused to appear in person.

He cited section 154 sub-section 2(A) of the criminal code which he said stated that a criminal case should not be treated in a hurry.

Counsel to the plaintiffs objected to the plea and told the court that the certificate of ill health was issued before the summons. He asked the court to order for a bench warrant on the accused.

Mr. Mohammed adjourned the case for three consecutive times for the defence counsel to bring a certified medical report showing the exact date that the accused is supposed to appear in court.

After resumption of sitting at about 2 p.m., the counsel to the accused told the court that the certificate is on the way. He pleaded with the court to give them another one hour.

When the report was presented, the judge questioned its authenticity.

’’I notice that the two medical reports presented is from one medical officer, Dr Mohammed Kabir, but I also noticed two different signatures and the accused is not on admission. In this circumstance the court found out that the letter is insufficient,” he said.

The judge ordered for the arrest of Mr. Yakasai and adjourned the case to December 3 for hearing.

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