From Femi Oyelola,kaduna
A Group under the auspices of Arewa Good Governance initiative, has raised alarm that democracy might be Subverted Katsina State unless caution is taken in the case of Senator Bello Mandiya who contested and won election while allegedly under the employment of Katsina State.
The Director Public Communication of the group Nura Wada made the assertion during a press conference held in kaduna yesterday.
Acccording to him Senator Bello Mandiya contested Katsina South ( Funtua Zone ) Senatorial seat on the platform of the All Progressives Congress and won election .
He however said ,while filling form CFOO1 of the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) particularly on page 3 paragraph D(1),Bello Mandiya stated that he voluntarily retired from the civil service in the year 2001.
“ To our dismay,the Senator had made the declaration under oath while it is a notorious fact that he was the Chief of Staff at the Government House Katsina as could be seen from his pay slip form the month of February 2019.
“ We from the Arewa Good Governance initiative feel bad that Senator Bello Mandiya had contested and won the election while under the employ of Katsina State Government and therefore, a complaint of false information contrary to section 140 and forgery contrary to section 364 all of the penal code was lodged against him in a Katsina Chief Magistrate Court holden at Funtua.
“ The matter was brought to the court by human rights activist,Shehu Dahiru through their counsel in suit number CMC/FT/92DC/19 which sought for a criminal summons to be issued against the Senator.
“ We have to raise alarm that there are subtle moves to thwart the cause of justice when a State Counsel from the Ministry of Justice approached the court that they were taking over the case in line with section 211 of the constitution, urging the court not to issue a bench warrant for arrest been sought by the group.
“It’s our believe that democracy should be practiced in its good form and allowing acts that could lead to travesty of justice will not augur well for our fledgling democracy but encourage those negating democratic principles.
“We heard from good authority that the case is about to be transferred to the state ministry of justice.This move is to water down the case and allow the defendant to escape justice .” He Said