17 November 2012

Nigeria: Court Discharges Bauchi Worker Arraigned Over Facebook Comment

Bauchi — Bauchi State Chief Magistrate No 3 presided over by Chief Magistrate Adamu Mohammed Kafin Madaki yesterday struck out a case against a staff of Bauchi state Ministry of Finance, Abbas Ahmed Faggo.

Faggo was arraigned by Police for allegedly posting a comment on facebook questioning the source of funding of the recent wedding of Governor Isa Yuguda's son, Idris.

He was arrested by the police and charged with "injurious falsehood and defamation" against the administration of Governor Isa Yuguda.

But counsel to Faggo, who is the Bauchi State chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Barrister Mohammed Alhassan, faulted the two charges on the ground that the consent of the Director of Public Prosecution was not sought.

He also said that only the aggrieved person, who is Governor Isa Yuguda, is eligible to complain about the matter not the state commissioner of Justice.

When the case was mentioned Police Prosecutor Corporal Anna Yakubu said Police were not ready to respond and asked the court to adjourn the matter to a nearest date.

But the Presiding Chief Magistrate Adamu Mohammed Kafin Madaki said "I entirely agreed with the submissions by the learned counsel to the accused that the case has not been properly filed; I therefore strike out the case and discharge the accused."

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