Aisha Buhari withdraws defamation case against student critic
The wife of Nigeria’s president, Aisha Buhari, has withdrawn her case against a final year student of the Federal University, Dutse, Aminu Ahmed.
Prosecution counsel, Fidelis Ogbobe, Aisha agreed to withdraw the case withdraw the case as a result of the intervention of well-meaning Nigerians.
He relied on Section 108 subsection 2(a) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act to move the application for the withdrawal of the case.
Ruling on the matter, Justice Yusuf Halilu of the FCT High Court commended Mrs Buhari for taking the “bold steps” to forgive the defendant.
While issuing the release warrant of the student, the judge called on parents to always monitor their children to avoid recurrence.
The student was said to have undergone torture and other ill-treatment, including severe beatings for almost two weeks before he was taken to court.
According to a police report, he was arrested at Federal University Dutse on 18 November 2022 after Mrs Buhari instructed a team of police detectives to track him down.
He was then held in an unknown location and denied access to his family and lawyer, in clear violation of his fundamental human rights as enshrined in the Nigerian constitution and other international human rights instruments.
The outcries that trailed the student’s mal-treatment was so loud that it is beginning to affect the popularity of the ruling political party in Nigeria, the party that Aisha has been appointd to mobilise women voter for in the comng 2023 presdetial election.
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