President Buhari’s wife listed as witness in defamation case against student
Wife of Nigeria’s president, Aisha Buhari, has been listed as one of those to testify against Aminu Adamu, a student at Dutse Federal University, Jigawa state, who is being prosecuted for allegedly defaming her.
Adamu, 24, posted a statement considered to be defamatory on his Twitter account against Mrs. Buhari about four months ago.
In the allegedly offensive tweet, Adamu, a senior Environmental Management student, posted a suggestive image of Mrs Buhari with a caption in Hausa that was translated to mean: “Mama is feeding fat on public funds.”
The tweet was posted on June 8, but Adamu was arrested in Dutse on November 18 and taken to Abuja by some security operatives alleged to be attached to Mrs Buhari.
First, they detained him extra-judicially in an unknown place for almost two weeks and allegedly brutalized him. Then, he was arraigned Tuesday before Justice Yusuf Halilu of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Maitama who sent him to prison after he had pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.
He pleaded not guilty, and his lawyer applied for his bail, which the court did not give, but ordered for his remand at Suleja prison in Niger state.
In a charge marked: CR/89/2022, and dated November 23, the police said Adamu “between May and June 2022 within the jurisdiction of this court, intentionally opened a Twitter handle with the name… Catalyst and screenshot the photograph of Her Excellency, Hajia Aisha Buhari, and wrote on it in Hausa language… roughly translated into English language to mean ‘Mom has embezzled money meant for the poor for satisfaction’ and posted the same on his previous Twitter account… knowing that the same is false and capable of affecting her reputation.
Police said the alleged offense bordering on defamation and cyber bullying contravenes Section 391 of the Penal Code.
In a witness list attached to the exhibit presented by the police, seen Wednesday night, Mrs Buhari, the nominal complainant, is one of five witnesses gathered by the prosecution to establish the case against Mr. Adamu.
Another witness is Festus Jossiah, one of the investigators who followed and arrested the defendant. Abdulsalam Zakari, Yahaya Njayo and Haliru Tahir, all policemen, are the other proposed prosecution witnesses against the accused.
Court documents signed by James Idachaba, attorney for the FCT police, the legal department in Abuja listed Mr. Adamu’s statement, a printout of the alleged defamatory publication and an iPhone belonging to the defendant as evidence.
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