Student lands in remand for tweeting against Aisha Buhari
Aminu Mohammed, a student who was recently detained by security personnel for reportedly criticizing Mrs. Aisha Buhari, the president’s wife, has been covertly charged by police.
Remember how security personnel detained Adamu, a student at the Federal University in Dutse, Jigawa State, after he made a remark about Aisha’s weight.
Aminu, according to what has been learned, was charged with cyberstalking by the police on Tuesday before the FCT High Court 14.
Despite entering a not guilty plea to the accusations brought against him, he was not granted bail.
Presiding judge, Justice Yusuf Halilu ordered the defendant to be remanded in Suleja Prison pending the hearing and determination of his bail application.
The application already filed by his lawyer is expected to be heard before the end of this week.
The one count charge against the defendant read, ” That you Aminu Adamu, male of Anguwar Sarakuna, Bauch, Bauchi state sometime between May – June 2022 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable court did intentionally open a Twitter Handle with the name @aminullahie Catalyst and screenshot the image of Her Excellency Hajia Aisha Buhari and wrote on it in Hausa language ‘Su mama anchi kudi talakawa ankoshi’ roughly translated to the English language to mean ‘mama has embezzled monies meant for the poor to satisfaction’ and posted same on your above Twitter handle for the members of the public to read, knowing same to be false and capable of affecting her reputation. You thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 391 of the penal code.”
According to Adamu’s uncle, Shehu Baba-Azare, police failed to notify the family about the undergraduate’s arraignment.
He said, “It’s clearly a secret arraignment because they did not inform us. We are very concerned about his situation. He will sit for his final exam on December 5.”
A few days ago, the student was allegedly detained on Mrs. Buhari’s orders, inciting outrage among Nigerians who demanded his release.
The accused tweeted in Hausa in June that the President’s wife had been living off the money of the poor.
The tweet read, ““Su mama Anchi Kudin Talakawa an koshi”, meaning, “Mama has fed fat on poor people’s money.”
The 500-level student was allegedly detained by security personnel at his school and taken to the Presidential Villa in Abuja, where he was beaten, maltreated, and humiliated.
Mohammed’s lawyer, CK Agu, in an interview with BBC Hausa Service, said, “Even in the court session yesterday, we notified the judge about the efforts made to have him released on bail, but we did not receive any reply from the police.
“We applied to the court to release the student on bail on health grounds and the fact that he will sit for the exam on December 5. The court has ordered the police to provide the bail application before it for consideration between Tuesday and Wednesday.”