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Court remands APC Chieftain in prison

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A higher court of Sharia 1, sitting in Gusau, on Wednesday, referred another head of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Alhaji Bello Dankande, for alleged charges of kidnapping and theft of cattle.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that This occurs after the court referred on Tuesday to the Secretary of the Party’s Advertising Committee, Alhaji Ibrahim Danmaliki, for alleged defamation and incitement.

Dankande, the former Commissioner for Local Government and Local Headquarters Affairs under the administration of former governor, Alhaji Abdul’azuz Yari, was prosecuted before Judge Hadi Sani for alleged kidnapping of two people and robbery of his 50 cows and 52 sheep.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that Barr. Ibrahim Haruna, a state lawyer, said that Dankande had been instructed to give instructions to two members of the vigilante group, popularly known as Yansakai, Saminu Gandau and Shitu Mafara, to kidnap Sani Na’awala and Alhaji Ja’o and seize of your animals

He said the animals were moved from the victims’ settlement in the Bakura local government area and had a stopover in Talata-Mafara before they were taken to the Rustled Animal Recovery Committee in Gusau, where the animals are said to have disappeared.

In addition, he informed the court that the two allegedly abducted persons had not yet been found and asked the court to investigate the matter to reunite the victims with their families.

Dankande, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges. When your lawyer, Barr. Bello Umar demanded a copy of the case file that could not be traced during the hearing.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that The defense lawyer challenged the court’s jurisdiction to hear the case saying that even if the crime was committed, it was in the far Bakura, but the prosecution said that, since the animals disappeared in Gusau, the court had the jurisdiction to hear the case.

However, the presiding judge, Judge Hadi Sani, said he needed time to find out if the court had jurisdiction to hear the case. He postponed the case until December 12 and ordered the defendant to be sent to a correctional center until the established date.