12th July, 2011
A Minna Chief Magistratesâ€™ Court has ordered Sen. Ibrahim Musa (CPC-Niger North) charged for alleged falsification and forgery, to be remanded in prison custody.
Sen. Nuhu Aliyu of the PDP had approached the elections petition tribunal to challenge Musaâ€™s victory in the April senatorial election.
Musa, who was said to have been invited to the state police headquarters, Dutsen Kura, early on Monday was arraigned before the court around 5:42p.m.
The First Information Report (FIR) read by the prosecution counsel, M.A. Igwe, stated that the senator was being charged with criminal conspiracy, forgery as well as using fake tax clearance receipt to mislead public officers.
He further stated that the offence was contrary to section 97, 364, 366 and 322 of the penal code.
Chief Magistrate Zainab Gani, in her ruling, said she could not entertain the case considering the time the senator was brought to court.
She, however, said it would be a disservice to return the FIR without hearing the case.
Gani ordered that Musa be remanded in prison custody till Tuesday when she would be disposed to hearing the case.
But in a swift reaction, the State Chairman of the CPC, Shuaibu Umar, alleged a case of set up against the senator, noting that the matter was already before the tribunal.
He said parties to the case ought to have waited for the outcome of the tribunalâ€™s ruling, adding that the CPC would contest the action.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Malam Ibrahim Ndayebo, absolved government from the incident, saying it was a criminal case involving the police.