By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
A case between the Kaduna State Commissioner of Police vs Alhaji Abubakar Iliyasu (Bright) for the defamation of character, internal insult and theft, contrary to Section 321 cpc has been adjourned to 20th April, 2017 for the defence before the Chief Magistrate Court sitting at Chediya G.R.A. Zaria, Kaduna State.
The adjournment followed the defence counsel Barrister A.A. Mohammed’s unreadiness for the commencement of the defence and he applied for the invitation to all prosecution witnesses to reappear for more clarifications on their testimony on the adjourned date.
Chief Magistrate Awwal Musa accepted the application made by the defence lawyer for the invitation and the prosecuting lawyer Barrister Alex Aku also accepted the application.
In a related development, the Chief Magistrate Court has adjourned a case between COP and Shuaibu Shugaban Samari, Alh. Abubakar Iliyasu (Bright) and Yunusa for criminal conspiracy, trespass and theft to the 19th April, 2017 for the continuation of learning.
Both the defence lawyers who appears for the 1st and 3rd accused and the 2nd accused persons applied for the adjournment on the grounds that they were not fully ready for the continuation of hearing despite earlier adjournment for the same reason.
The prosecuting officer, Barrister Alex A. Aku disagreed with their application reminding them that it was a criminal case not a civil case and there is a bench warrant issued on the 1st accused person Yunusa for failing to appear in court without any reason or explanation from neither his lawyer nor his sureties.
Yunusa Aliyu’s lawyer, Barrister A.A. Mohammed tendered an apology to court and explained that Yunusa’s absence in court was due to EFCC operatives who were looking for him to arrest him that is why he ran into hiding to avoid being arrested.
The Chief Magistrate Awwal Musa accepted the application and vacated the bench warrant while Yunusa will continue to enjoy the earlier established bail and the case was adjourned to the 19th April, 2017 for the continuation of hearing.