The arraignment of the governor-elect of Bauchi state, Bala Mohammed, was stalled on Monday morning due to the absence of Justice Yusuf Haliru of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court.
The charges border on false declaration of assets and giving false information to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
It was learned that Mohammed and his counsel and the EFCC counsel were present but the court did not sit because the judge was on election petition duty in Abeokuta, the Ogun state, capital.
Wahab Shittu, counsel for the EFCC, to journalists that ”the EFCC is an anti-corruption agency, it does not play politics.
“It exists to serve the public.”
As regards the arraignment, the lawyer said, “It is a matter that was ongoing before another judge who has now been elevated to the Court of Appeal.”
“Just a week ago, the registry of this court sent us a notice that today has been fixed for the re-arraignment of the defendant,” he added.
“It was not at the instance of the court.
“You know when a case is transferred to another court, it starts de novo (afresh).”