The octogenarian with over 86 wives, Alhaji Mohammadu Bello Masaba has filed a case against a Magistrate, Rahamat Adamu Gado and his former wife, Hajiya Azatu Adamu before a Bida High Court.
In the suit, the Bida-based Islamic preacher and super-polygamist and 7 others asked the High Court to void the decision of Magistrate Rahamat Adamu Gado in referring a case of criminal force and assault filed by Azatu against them to the Attorney General for possible prosecution.
In a motion exparte, filed by the counsel to Masaba, the applicants applied for a writ of Certiorari to quash the proceedings in the case no BD/MC/DCR/43/2013 file by Azatu as well as an order for a stay of proceedings and actions relating to the case. The applicants also asked the court to discharge all the applicants.
It would be recalled that, Azuta, Masaba’s ex-wife had on the 15th of August, 2013 filed a suit against the applicants before a Bida Magistrate for alleged criminal force, assault, causing grievous hurt contrary to Section 265 and 246 of Penal Code Law.
When the applicants appeared in court and pleaded not guilty, the case was referred to the police for investigations.
However, the Office of the Area Commander, Nigeria Police, Bida, submitted a report that absolved Masaba and others of any of the allegations levelled against them.
The applicants expressed surprise when the presiding magistrate (Rahamat Adamu Gado) on 27th February, 2014 directed that the case file be referred to the office of the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice for possible prosecution or action. The case is currently slated for hearing on Thursday 20th, March before Honourable Justice Musa Abdul of Bida High Court.