Defamation: Sharia court detains APC chieftain

Posted by Urowayino Jeremiah | 27 November 2019 | 641 times

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A Gusau Upper Sharia Court 1, on Tuesday, remanded a chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Alhaji Ibrahim Danmaliki, over alleged defamation and incitement.

The defendant was arraigned on charges of defamation and incitement. Justice Hadi Sani, ordered the defendant to be remanded in a correctional facility and adjourned the case until December 12, for the continuation of the hearing.

The State Attorney-General, Mr. Ibrahim Haruna, who arraigned the defendant, told the court that the defendant allegedly defamed the state Governor in a publication on November 16, in the social media.

Haruna alleged that the defendant also through the same medium, caused a publication to incite members of the public against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led administration in the state.

He said the offences contravened Sections 287 and 142 of the Sharia Penal Code. Haruna urged the court not to grant the defendant bail until the next adjourned date to guard against future occurrence.

The defendant, a former commissioner in the state pleaded not guilty to the charges. The defence counsel, Mr Bello Umar, however, asked for a copy of the charges after the court refused his bail application. (Vanguard)

Source: News Express

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