From Umar Dankano, Yola
The Adamawa State Federation of Female Lawyers Association, FIDA chapter has dragged the chairman of Lamurde Local Government Area, Mr.Varati Nzonzo before Magistrate court III Yola for alleged physical assault to one of its members in the state.
Registering the Association’s charges in the court against the chairman, Counsel to the complainant (Commissioner for Solid Minerals), Barrister Shanti Sashi, Barristar Mfoniso Gabriel said the chairman criminally assaulted and caused grievous harm on their colleague unlawfully.
Though the accused was absent at the hearing ,Barrister Gabriel demanded that the court should invoked its powers by sanctioning him for not turning to answer the charges against him, insisting it was an act of disrespect to the court of law.
Barristar Gabriel urged the court to invoke the provision of section 154 sub section 1 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) and issued a warrant of arrest on the accused.
Objecting the prayers of Gabriel, Counsel to the accused, Barrister Jerry Ifegwu said the need for that did not arise as his client was not properly served.
Ifegwu also said that despite not properly served, his client was to appear but he got a report of an attacked by herdsmen in a village in Lamurde local government forcing him to go back there as the Chief Security Officer.
In her ruling, the Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Momsiri Bamare rejected the application for arrest warrant and directed that all procedures be served to the accused lawyer.
Bamare adjourned the case May 25 for further mention.
Independent investigation by PEOPLES DAILY has revealed that the chairman and the commissioner, who are from Lamurde Council in the state, had a misunderstanding over money collected by the duo on the just concluded
APC Local Government councils congress .
An eyewitness, who pleaded anonymity, said the trouble started at the Presidential Lodge of Government House Yola, when the chairman insisted that as the chief security officer of his council, the money must be in his custody not the commissioner. It was this situation, our reporter learnt, that snowballed to serious crisis.