Ikra Aliyu Bilbis, a former minister, Ambassador Mohammed Mairiga, and other arrested Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftains appeared for trial on Wednesday before a packed Zamfara State Magistrate Court 1 on charges of alleged criminal conspiracy, public disturbances, and other offenses.
Barrister Junaidu Abubakar, the defense attorney, contended that the court lacked jurisdiction over the case by citing various Zamfara State laws.
He claimed that Sections 3 and 5 of the Law of Zamfara State, 2002 gave the magistrate court the authority to refer the case to the proper Shari’a court for resolution.
The case was forwarded to the Upper Shari’a court in Gusau, the state capital, by the presiding judge, Saadi Gurbin Bore.
According to 460play, there was strict protection with fully armed security personnel from the Government House to the court.
Additionally, according to this source, PDP supporters protested from the Magistrate Court 1 to the Upper Shari’a court, calling for the unconditional release of their leaders.