The Federal High Court in Abuja has adjourned the arraignment of Senator Isah Misau (APC-Bauchi Central) on charges of forging documents until December 12.
This follows a libel suit instituted by the Attorney-General of the Federation on behalf of the federal government.
Misau is accused of allegedly spreading “injurious falsehood” against the police boss Ibrahim Idris and the Nigeria Police Force.
Justice Anwuli Chikere adjourned the matter after the defence counsel, Joshua Musa (SAN), opposed the arraignment of the senator on the basis of an irregularity noticed on the face of the charges.
According to the lawyer, the absence of the Nigerian Bar Association’s stamp pasted to the charges, amounts to an irregularity under Rule 10 of the Rules of Professional Conduct for Legal Practitioners.
In response, the prosecution, led by Saleh Barkun of the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, said it was unnecessary to place the stamp on the amended charges since the the old charges had the stamp.
But Justice Chikere agreed with the defence and adjourned the case, directing the prosecuting counsel to address the irregularity before the next day.
She then adjourned until December 12 for arraignment.