An upper Sharia Court sitting in Kano has made a U-turn and withdrawn an order for the arrest of a senior officer of the Nigeria Customs Service, Yusuf Ismail issued against him on Thursday.
The court, presided by Garba Malafa, on Thursday, issued a warrant for the arrest of Ismail, also known as Mai Biscuit, a defendant in a suit before him on the grounds of his absence from the court and not being represented during the proceedings.
However, following an order issued and signed by the upper Sharia Court, on Friday, the initial order was withdrawn with immediate effect.
The court said the withdrawal was a sequel to the explanation of the defence counsel, Sani Idris, who established that even though his client had not personally served the summons, he was in the court.
While briefing journalists on Friday, Idris added that the judge was misled, as he was in court to represent his client on the issue, while the judge conducted the court affairs in his chamber.
“We were in the courtroom expecting the court to sit but to our surprise, the session was held in the judge’s chamber and the judge was given the impression that we were not around.
“My client is a highly responsible and complete gentleman hence his instruction for me to represent him in court even though he was not personally served with the court summons.”
The court fixed January 8, 2024, for mention of the case.
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