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Court Orders IG to Arraign APGA’s Factional Chairman

15 Nov 2012

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Inspector General of Police Muhammed Abubakar


Tobi Soniyi

An Abuja High Wednesday ordered the Inspector General of Police Muhammed Abubakar, to arraign the self-acclaimed National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Alhaji Sadeeq Masalla, for forgery.

Masalla was alleged to have forged the signatures of some members of the National Working Committee of the party.

Justice Peter Kekemeke yesterday granted the order after hearing an application brought by police prosecutor, Frances Irabor, in charge number CR/36/12 between the IG versus Alhaji Sadeeq Ibrahim Masalla.

He also fixed November 21 for the arraignment.
Irabor had in his application for leave to prefer a criminal charge without holding preliminary inquiry brought under Section 185(b) of the CPC and pursuant to Rule 3 of the Criminal Procedure (application for leave to prefer a charge in the High Court Rules 1970) and under the inherent jurisdiction of the court.

The application according to Irabor was supported by a copy of the charge in respect of which leave was sought, a copy of the proof of evidence which will be relied on during trial, a copy of the list of witnesses, a copy of the list of exhibits, affidavit in support of the application and photocopies of statement of witnesses and the accused person.

Part of the charges read: “That you Alhaji Sadeeq Ibrahim Masalla “M” 60 years No. 8 Bauchi Road, Jos, Plateau State on or about the 6th day of June 2012 in Abuja within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable court forged the signature of one Hon. Jolly. Ngbor (a member of the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Grand Alliance) on the resolution paper purporting the signature to have been appended by the said Hon. Jolly B. Ngbor which you knew to be false and you thereby committed an offense punishable under Section 364 of the Penal Code Law.

“That you Alhaji Sadeeq Ibrahim Masalla “M” 60 years No. 8 Bauchi Road, Jos, Plateau State on or about the 6th day of June 2012 in Abuja within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable court forged the signature of one Hon. Chris Ndigwe  ( a member of the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Grand Alliance) on the resolution paper purporting the signature to have been appended by the said Hon. Chris Ndigwe which you knew to be false and you thereby committed an offense punishable under Section 364 of the Penal Code Law.

“That you Alhaji Sadeeq Ibrahim Masalla “M” 60 years No. 8 Bauchi Road, Jos, Plateau State on or about the 6th day of June 2012 in Abuja within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable court forged the signature of one Dr Gbenga Afeni ( a member of the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Grand Alliance) on the resolution paper purporting the signature to have been appended by the said Dr.Gbenga Afeni which you knew to be false and you wthereby committed an offense punishable under Section 364 of the Penal Code Law.

“That you Alhaji Sadeeq Ibrahim Masalla “M” 60 years No. 8 Bauchi Road, Jos, Plateau State on or about the 6th day of June 2012 in Abuja within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable court forged the signature of one Abubakar Adamu ( a member of the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Grand Alliance) on the resolution paper purporting the signature to have been appended by the said Abubakra Adamu which you knew to be false and you thereby committed an offense punishable under Section 364 of the Penal Code Law.

“That you Alhaji Sadeeq Ibrahim Masalla “M” 60 years No. 8 Bauchi Road, Jos, Plateau State on or about the 6th day of June 2012 in Abuja within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable court  did forge a resolution of the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) purporting same to have been made and signed 2/3 majority of the National Executive members as required by the Constitution of APGA in order to remove the National Chairman of the party Chief Victor Umeh and Alhaji Sani Abdullahi Shinkafi the National Secretary of same party and you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 364 of the Penal Code Law.

“That you Alhaji Sadeeq Ibrahim Masalla “M” 60 years No. 8 Bauchi Road, Jos, Plateau State on or about the 16th day of July 2012 in Abuja within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable court  fraudulently and dishonestly used  a genuine resolution of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) by relying on the said resolution to suspend the National Chairman of the party Chief Victor Umeh and Alhaji Sani Abdullahi Shinkafi the National Secretary of same party and you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 366 of the Penal Code Law.

The leadership of APGA under Chief Victor Umeh had on June 21 suspended its Deputy National Chairman (North) , Sadeeq  Massalla, and National Vice-Chairman South-east, Morgan Anyalechi, from the party over anti-party activities.

Also suspended weree Sunday Obasohan, Deputy National Organising Secretary, Bala Bako, Deputy National Legal Adviser, Ferguson Opara, National Youth Leader and Mrs Ella Nwabueze Ezeanya, National Women Leader.

This is as the NWC called on the Anambra state Governor Peter Obi to conduct local government elections in the state without further delay noting that APGA had not zoned the governorship position to any zone for the 2014 governorship elections in the state.

The suspended members were said to have on June 19 accompanied by hoodlums broken into the party’s National Secretariat and the conference room and addressed the press where they purportedly suspended Umeh and the National Secretary, Alhaji Sani Shinkafi.

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