A Kaduna Chief Magistrates’ Court on Monday ordered the police to investigate claims of ill health by Senator Nuhu Aliyu and submit its report before March 31.
The court had on February 3 issued a bench warrant on Aliyu for refusing to honour its summons on two occasions.
When the case came up for mention, counsel to the accused Osas Isiramen, told the court that Aliyu was ill and had been in and out of the hospital for over two months.
He said that he had already filed a preliminary objection against the arrest warrant on his client.
Isiramen said “my client his a law-abiding citizen, but his recent ill health had confined him to bed, and frequent medical check-up at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano.’’
Chief Magistrate Bashir Shittu, however, ruled that the preliminary objection lacked merit.
“The issue that this court has no jurisdiction to try the alleged offences against the accused person should not be a subject matter in this case.
“I, hereby, refer the matter to the CID for more investigation of Sen. Nuhu Aliyu,’’ he said, and adjourned the case to March 31 for the submission of the outcome of investigation by the CID.
Senator Aliyu is facing a three-count charge of criminal trespass, mischief and criminal intimidation, filed by one Ikechukwu Akansi, his neighbour.
The complainant had accused the senator of unlawfully and illegally trespassing into his plot, located at No. B1, Constitution Road, Kaduna.
Counsel to the complainant, Vitus Ewuzie, had told the court that Aliyu threatened to deal with his client and his friend, one Mr. Ade Nathaniel, when they confronted him on the matter.
Ewuzie said that his client and his family had been living in fear since Aliyu made the threat.
He said the offences contravened Sections 342, 326, and 396 of the Penal Code of Kaduna State.