A Federal High Court sitting in Kano Presided by Justice Lewis Allagoa has granted bail to a whistle blower, Mahdi Shehu over the allegde offences related to defamation of character against Katsina state Governor, Aminu Bello Masari and his Cabinet.
The Inspector General of Police, IGP arraigned Mahdi Shehu before the court on a six court charges bordering on cyber stalking against the Katsina State government.
The Presiding Judge, Justice Ambrose Lewis-Allagoa however granted the whistle blower bail to N10 million and a reliable surety with a landed property in Kano Municipal and verifed residential address in Kano.
Mahdi Shehu who appeared before the court in clutches, neck band and pillow, pleaded not guilty to the charges when the plea were read to him.
According to the charge sheet presented by prosecution Inspector General of Police is alledging that Mahdi Shehu between May to July 2020 , while acting in concert and with the intent to defame, insult, cause enmity, hatred, Ill will and damaged the reputation and integrity of Katsina State Governor Aminu Bello And his Cabinet.
“Granted an interview at Channels Television, Freedom Radio and falsely accusing Governor Aminu Bello Masari and his Executives Commissioners squandering over N62 billion security fund, N24 billion security volts.”
” You uploaded the said interview on Facebook page with Title ‘Rescue Katsina Urgently”
The defendant pleaded not guilty to all 6 head count charge
Earlier, the prosecution counsel Assistance Commissioner of Police Samuel Lough prayed the court to take back the case to Chief Judge of Federal High Court for reassigning the case to other Judge.
” Due process was not followed in transferring this case from federal high court Katsina to Kano”
Opposing the prayer, Counsel to the Defendant Habib Ilas told the court that the business of the day was arraignment.
“My Lord my client has been in detention by prosecution and he is critically ill, I submit to you that further delay of arraignment is amount to justice delay”
In his ruling, Justice Allagoa overruled the prosecution’s prayer he upheld that assigning case to Judge is discretional power of Chief Judge of Federal High Court.
Consequently, the Presiding Judge told the Prosecution to commence hearing today, but ACP Samuel Lough pleaded for adjournment.
” We are not ready to go on with the hearing today, our witnesses are not here in court”.
Lewis-Allagoa adjourned the case till 19th May, 2O21 for hearing.