A Magistrates’ Court in Kano on Wednesday issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Kabiru Ado-Panshekara, the Chairman of Kumbotso Local Government Council, for failure to appear before it.
Magistrate Musa Ibrahim issued the warrant following the refusal of the defendant to appear in court to enter his plea over a charge of criminal breach of trust.
Prosecution counsel, Salisu Tahir, told the court that on May 9, the defendant being the chairman of Kumbotso Local Government Council was entrusted with 1,632 forms for the distribution of COVID-19 palliatives.
“The defendant dishonestly diverted some of the forms to persons that were not supposed to enjoy the COVID-19 palliatives,” he said.
Mr Tahir urged the court to issue a bench warrant to the defendant for his failure to appear before the court since he was properly served a court summon to appear on May 13 at about 9:00 a.m.
He said the offence contravened section 315 of the Penal Code Law and section 26 of Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Law 2008 (as amended).