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Aminu’s Case Is Dropped By Aisha Buhari After Public Backlash

Aminu had earlier been charged for offences bordering on defamation and cyberstalking.

In response to protests from activists and other pressure groups, Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari, has withdrawn the defamation case against Dutse, Aminu Mohammed, a final-year student at the Federal University.
The Federal Capital Territory High Court was informed by the prosecution counsel, Fidelis Ogbobe, that Mrs. Buhari made the decision to withdraw the case after the intervention of well-meaning Nigerians.
Ogbode cited section 108 subsection 2(a) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act when he made the motion to withdraw during the proceedings on December 2, 2022.
In the meantime, Yusuf Halilu, the presiding Justice, praised the First Lady for releasing the student from responsibility and urged parents to always keep an eye on their children’s activities to prevent future incidents.
Since the public learned of Mohammed’s arrest, Mrs. Buhari has faced a significant backlash from the public.
The plight of Mohammed, whose ordeal began after making a post on Twitter about the First Lady, has been supported by a number of organizations, including celebrities, student unions, politicians, media analysts, and social media influencers.
Mrs. Buhari had found Aminu’s tweet, in which she said that she spends money on herself and the poor, to be offensive.

The tweet, posted in Hausa, read: “Su mama anchi kudin talkawa ankoshi,” loosely translated to mean “Mama has fed fat on poor people’s money,” was accompanied by a picture of Aisha.

Things you ought to know:Recall that the student is in his final year of the Department of Environmental Management was taken into custody on Mrs. Buhari’s orders and held for two weeks before being brought before Justice Halilu on November 29, 2022.

The judge ordered that he be remanded at the Suleja Correctional Center in Niger State, despite his plea of not guilty.

The 24-year-old student, according to the police, broke Section 391 of the Penal Code by committing crimes that bordered on defamation and cyberstalking.

In the one-count charge marked: CR/89/2022, and dated 23 November, the police said “between May and June 2022 within the jurisdiction of this court, did intentionally open 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 to English language to mean ‘Mama has embezzled monies meant for the poor to satisfaction’ and posted same on your above Twitter handle.. knowing same to be false and capable of affecting her reputation.

In an interview with BBC Hausa, Mohammed’s attorney, CK Agu, stated that the court denied his client’s request for bail so that he could begin his final exams on Monday.

CK Agu’s word: “Even in yesterday’s court session, we informed the judge that we requested the police to grant Aminu bail in time, but they did not respond on weather they would release him or not.

Therefore, we requested the court to grant him bail on the grounds of ill health and that he will start exams on December 5. And now the court has ordered the police to present the bail request which was filed so that the court can act on the request today or tomorrow.

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