A Kano State Magistrate Court, sitting in Nomansland, has on Wednesday, ordered for the detention of one Mu’azu Magaji Danbala, in the Custodial Centre, for allegedly defaming the character of the Governor of the State, Abdullahi Ganduje,
The first accused person was accused of making the defamatory statement on Facebook, against the Governor, and two of his children; Abdul’aziz and Balaraba.
The other accused person, Jamilu Shehu, was however, said to be at large.
The two men were arraigned for the alleged conspiracy, intentional insult, inciting public disturbance, and defamation of character, contrary to Section 97, 114, 391, and 399 of the Penal Code.
According to the First Information Report, FIR, on 26th October, 2021, the Chairman of Nassarawa Local Government Area, Auwal Lawal Shuaibu, reported to the Special Intelligence Bureau, SIB, Kano Command, and complained against the duo, both of Sabon Garin Kiru, Kiru Local Government Area, Kano State.
The FIR stated: ”That on the same date you both conspired and posted on the Facebook platform, the image and portrait of His Excellency, Executive Governor of Kano State, including his children Abdulaziz Ganduje and Balaraba Ganduje, with a bold written on it ‘Barayin Kano’ (Kano thieves), knowing fully well that your action may result to breach of peace within the State and outside.
”You are therefore suspected to have committed the above mention offences.”
The suspect available in court, pleaded not guilty to the charges, and thereafter the Defence Counsel applied for his bail.
The court however, ordered the suspect to be remanded in a custodial facility after his bail application was objected to by the Prosecution Counsel, Barrister Wada Ahmad Wada, a Principal State Counsel.
The Magistrate, Aminu Gabari, also ordered the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, Police Headquarters, to produce the case diary, before the court would determine whether or not to admit the suspect to bail.
The case has been adjourned to 8th November, for further mention.
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