An order for the arrest of Yusuf Ismail, a senior officer of the Nigeria Customs Service, issued on Thursday has been rescinded by an upper Sharia court in Kano.
Ismail, also known as Mai Biscuit, is a defendant in a lawsuit before the court, which is presided over by Garba Malafa. On Thursday, the court issued a warrant for Ismail’s arrest due to his absence from the court and lack of representation 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However, following an order issued and signed by the upper Sharia Court, on Friday, the initial order was withdrawn with immediate effect.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 case was scheduled to be mentioned by the court on January 8, 2024.
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