Ex-Niger State Commissioner Reminded In Prison

Olabode  Adaramola

A  Chief  Magistrate Court sitting in Bosso Local Government Area of Niger State  has ordered for the remand of  a former Commissioner  in the  state,  to  a Minna Correctional Centre.

The erstwhile Commissioner Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar Katcha,   was  standing trial on a count charge which bordered  on  Intentional Insult to Provoke   a breach of public peace,   an offence which  contravened  section 399 of the penal code.

According to the First Information Report ( FIR), made available in Court  and obtained by the National Wire ,  one Isah  Lakpene of Opposite Aloevera Hotel in Minna, reported to the Tudun Wada Police Division under the state Police Command,  on the 19th December, 2019, that ” you Mohammed Abubakar Katcha of House No.2,   besides Himma College in Minna, called him on his Telephone  and raining series of abuses on him  over a reason best known to you” .

The Police Prosecutor an Assistant Superintendent of Police[ASP}  Abdullahi Maiyaki,  told the court that during police investigation  the former Commissioner admitted committing the offence and pleaded for forgiveness.

However, when the charge was read to him by the presiding Chief Magistrate AlhAJI  Ibrahim Swasu Shabafu , he pleaded not guilty to the charge.

At this Point, the Police prosecutor {ASP} Abdulahi Mayaki, objected to the bail of the former Commissioner on the ground that he was  an habitual offender who was standing trial on similar offence before a Minna Chief  Magistrate Court No2.

He told the Court that granting him bail at this  point he will commit similar offence my Lord. I strongly objected to his  bail. I Urged the court to remand him in Minna Custodian Centre. he told the court.

The Defence Counsel to the accused,  Barrister  Mahmud Mohammed  made an oral application for his client’s bail and the Chief Magistrate advised that he should come through formal application and adjourned the case to 6th, January, 2019, for further mentioned and ordered for the remand  of the  former Commissioner in Custodian Centre.

Post Author: Friday Ekeoba