Senator Hamma Misau (Bauchi Central) yesterday said that he was ready to meet the Federal Government in court so as to defend the allegations of falsehood levelled against him.
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The Federal Government had, last week, filed a five-count charge before an Abuja High Court against the senator bothering on alleged injurious falsehood against the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, and the Nigeria Police Force.
The prosecution had further sought for the permission of the court to summon Misau to appear before it.
The Chief Judge of the court, Justice Ishaq Bello, who heard the application on his chambers, refused and consequently ordered the prosecution to follow the legal way to serve the process on the defendant.
Reacting to the development, Misau in a statement issued by his counsel, Godwin Obla (SAN) in Abuja, said that the reason while he is being called to face criminal trial was because he called for the probe of the Office of the IGP in respect of allegations of corrupt practices.
He commended the court for turning down the “obvious unlawful application to issue warrant of arrest on him, but directing instead the prosecuting authority to appropriately serve a copy of the charge on him.”
Obla wondered why the prosecuting authority would choose not to serve an accused person whose particulars of residential and work place addresses are well known, a copy of the charge sheet in a case already pending, and slated for hearing tomorrow in court.
The statement reads in part, “In the morning of October 17, the distinguished senator, in line with our counsel, visited the registry of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and magnanimously undertook to receive service of the copy of the charge, even though, the prosecution ought to bear that burden, but was shocked to the marrow that no one copy was left in the file of the court for service on the accused, corroborating our earlier assertion of a strategic step at another gestapo operation in the offing.
“Except for interests other than the ends of justice, underlying the pending charge against Senator Misau, we hereby call on the prosecution to play its prosecutorial cards face up, as we shall gladly love to meet them in court to articulate our robust defence against the obviously spurious allegations against the distinguished senator.
“As if the palpable odium of initiating a vacuous criminal charge against a whistle-blower, the prosecuting authority sought from the court, albeit most illegally, to obtain summons against Senator Misau, while deliberately withholding service of the copy of the charge on the Senator, an obvious stratagem conceived to frame up all manner of false allegations tailored to suit the obvious purpose of yet another gestapo strategy to use state powers to swoop on the distinguished senator and keep him out of circulation.”