Bauchi Central lawmaker, Isah Misau, has said he is ready to defend himself against the federal government’s “spurious” allegations in court.
Background: Misau has been charged before two separate courts by the Office of the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation for multiple counts of forgery and making ‘injurious falsehood’ against the Inspector General of Police, Idris. The senator has accused the FG of a witch-hunt and prosecuting him for stirring the hornet’s nest by exposing the shady dealings of the police chief.
Summoning Misau: In one of the cases, Justice Ishaq Bello of the FCT High Court, on Monday, refused the application by the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation to summon Misau to court to defend the charges. The Judge told the prosecution that due process was not followed because Misau had not been served with the charges.
- Misau said there is no need issuing a summons against him as he is not afraid of appearing in court to defend himself.
- Speaking through his Counsel, Godwin Obla (SAN), Misau condemned the Attorney General for “initiating a vacuous criminal charge against a whistle-blower” and refusing to adhere to democratic tenets of the rule of law by illegally seeking to obtain summons against Senator Misau, “while deliberately withholding service of the copy of the charge.”
- He said the strategy is to frame Misau up with false allegations so state powers could then be used to swoop on him and “keep him out of circulation.”
- To demonstrate the lawmaker’s preparedness, he reportedly visited the registry of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja 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 thereby our earlier assertion of a strategic step at another gestapo operation in the offing.”
- Bring it on: The lawmaker challenged the federal government to play fairly as he is ready to defend himself. “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,” the statement read.