A High Court in Funtua, Katsina State on Wednesday fixed January 10, 2013, for ruling on an application on whether or not to issue an order for the detention of Alhaji Sani Kaikai over alleged contempt in the on-going trial involving him and Alhaji Sani Bagiwa, a former aide to late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua.
Bagiwa dragged his brother in-law, Alhaji Sani Kaikai, to court over a land dispute. When the case came up for hearing, counsel to the plaintiff, Barrister Abdul Aliyu, sought an order to detain the first defendant, Alhaji Sani Kaikai, for allegedly violating a court order which restrained him from managing and, or controlling the land in question.
Barrister Aliyu told the court that a High Court in Malumfashi Local Government Area of the state had on August 15, 2011, issued an order restraining the first defendant or his agents from controlling the land, but that he went ahead and cultivated the said land.
“Any order issued by a competent authority must be obeyed even if it is perverse until that order is set aside by another competent court of law. The defendant committed contempt by planting crops on the land despite the court order issued by a court restraining him from doing so,” he said.
Objecting the prayer, counsel to the first defendant, Barrister Adams Andrew Ibrahim, argued that the defendant is a law abiding citizen, and as such cannot disobey an order by a court, adding, “My client only knew about the order on June 2012.”
After listening to both parties, Justice Mai-Kaita Bako, adjourned the case till January 10, 2013.