A serving Permanent Secretary in the Jigawa State Government, Mohammad Musa, has been ordered arrested via bench warrant for not appearing for arraignment at the Code of Conduct Tribunal on Tuesday.
The Tribunal Chairman, Hon. Danladi Yakubu Umar, stated this in Abuja.
Umar said the Accused person be produced by the Code of Conduct Bureau on January 19, 2016 for refusing to appear on Tuesday after he was duly served with a court notice by the court bailiff.
The prosecution team, led by Musa Ibrahim Usman, said the matter was adjourned for arraignment, with bench warrant issued, which was not effected or revoked, yet the accused person was still absent.
Usman asked the Tribunal to enforce the production of Musa by means of bench warrant.
Umar, however, said the production of the accused person before the court rests with the CCB, which is the only prosecuting agency to the Tribunal.
He added that past practices by the Tribunal to produce accused persons issued with bench warrant was discretionary on the part of the CCT and not mandatory.
He therefore ordered the Code of Conduct Bureau to produce Musa on January 19, 2016 for arraignment.
The charged slammed against Mua by Code of Conduct Bureau was contained in file No: CCT/JG/63/09, filed since March 13, 2013, signed by Peter Danladi (Esq) for the Attorney General of the Federation.
It reads: “…on about the 7th day of August, 2006 being a public officer appointed as Permanent Secretary, office of the Head of Civil Service, Jigawa state failed to submit a written declaration of all your Assets and liabilities in Asset Declaration Forn CCB 1 at the beginning of your term in office within the prescribed period of three months and you thereby committed an offence contrary to paragraph 11 (1) of the Fifth Schedule, part 1of the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended and punishable by under paragraph 18 (1) and (2) of the same constitution.”