A Kaduna Chief Magistrates’ Court yesterday re-issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Sen. Nuhu Aliyu for refusing to honour its previous summons.
Aliyu is facing a three-count charge of criminal trespass, mischief and criminal intimidation in a suit filed against him by one Ikechukwu Akansi, his neighbour.
Chief Magistrate Bashir Shittu said Aliyu had failed to appear before him since the commencement of the case on Jan. 23.
He said that the court had adjourned four previous sittings since the first warrant was issued on Feb. 4 to ensure the appearance of the senator.
He, therefore, adjourned the case till May 19 for further hearing.
He re-ordered Aliyu’s arrest after counsel to the complainant, Mr Vitus Ewuzie, prayed the court for another arrest warrant to compel the senator to appear before it.
Counsel to the Aliyu, objected to the request, saying that “the senator is still experiencing ill health’’.
It would be recalled that the complainant had accused Aliyu of unlawfully and illegally trespassing on his plot located at No. B1, Constitution Road, Kaduna, when the case was first mentioned.
Counsel to the complainant told the court that Aliyu had threatened to deal with his client and his friend, Mr Ade Nathaniel, when they confronted him on the matter.
Ewuzie said that the complainant and his family were living in fear since the threat was made.