By Edith Nwapi
An FCT High Court Maitama, on Monday adjourned till Jan. 29, graduation of trial of Sen. Isah Misau (APC-Bauch-Central), charged with injurious falsehood.
Misau was dragged earlier than the courtroom by the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN), on a five-count cost.
The cost bordered on injurious falsehood in opposition to the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, Chairman, Police Service Commission, Sir Mike Okiro and the Nigeria Police Force.
The offences, he alleged, contravened the provisions of Section 393 (1) of the Penal Code.
He was first arraigned earlier than Bello on Oct. 19, and he pleaded not responsible to the five-count cost and was admitted to bail within the sum of N5million.
At an earlier sitting on Nov. 28, Dr Alex Izinyon (SAN), knowledgeable the courtroom that he had the fiat of the Attorney-General of the Federation to take over the matter as prosecution counsel.
He additional knowledgeable the courtroom that following the directive, he filed two functions earlier than the courtroom, dated Nov. 28 on the identical date.
Iziyon informed the courtroom that the primary utility sought to right a number of the five-count cost in addition to add two different individuals to it.
The second utility he mentioned was difficult the propriety of Misau to problem subpoena on the Inspector-General of Police to provide the defendant sure paperwork in his possession in addition to to testify for him.
He said that the applying sought the depart of the courtroom to put aside the subpoena issued on the I-G.
Responding to this, counsel to the senator, Joshua Musa (SAN), declared that the transfer by the prosecution to amend the cost was pointless because the cost within the first occasion was irregular because it didn’t have the seal of the lawyer who filed it.
Musa knowledgeable the courtroom that the defence would file a preliminary objection, including that till the unique cost was regularised, it couldn’t be amended.
Responding to this, Izinyon said that the unique cost was filed by the Office of the AGF, including that the cost was learn to the defendant in courtroom and his plea was taken with none objection to it by his counsel.
The decide, Justice Ishaq Bello, dominated that if the modification was meant to right the perceived error within the authentic cost, it needs to be allowed to be amended.
He adjourned the case till Jan. 29