Justice Dimas Gwama of the Magistrates’ Court IV in Yola, Adamawa State sentenced a youth, Ikamu Hamidu Kato, to 2 years’ imprisonment for insulting president Muhammadu Buhari and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha.
The courtroom sentenced Kato to a one-year jail time period in every of the offences with an choice of N25,000 tremendous on every offence.
SaharaReporters had earlier as we speak reported that Kato was remanded in jail for insulting Buhari and Mustapha on social media.
Kato, a youth chief of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party within the Hong space of the state, allegedly took to his Facebook web page to sentence the insecurity within the space following latest assaults by armed males suspected to be Boko Haram members.
He was alleged to have insulted Buhari and Mustapha in a viral video on his Facebook web page.
The presiding decide mentioned in passing the sentence, the courtroom had thought of the remorseful mien of the convict and his plea for mercies.
But Gwama mentioned regardless of his present of regret and plea for mercies, the courtroom needed to convict him to function deterrent to others.
Earlier, the convict pleaded with the courtroom to mood justice with mercy by convicting him with an choice of tremendous as a result of he was a household man and had orphans below him.
He was later invited, investigated and arraigned earlier than the courtroom by the Department of State Security (DSS).
Upon his arraignment earlier than the courtroom on Friday final week, the convict pleaded responsible when the cost sheet was learn and defined to him.
The courtroom then adjourned the matter to Monday, August 2, 2021 to allow the complainant name witnesses and tender reveals as a way to corroborate the plea of the defendant following an utility by counsel to the complainant, M.A. Adamu.
During courtroom sitting on Monday, the counsel assembled two witnesses together with the DSS operative, Zayyanu Adamu and the Chairman, Adamawa State Concern Citizens, Husseini Gambo Nakura, who testified and tendered confessional assertion of the defendant in a flash drive.
To present its disapproval of his motion, the Hong native authorities chapter of the PDP has suspended the youth chief, saying it could not permit such degree of indiscipline by its members even towards leaders of the opposition political events.
The Chief Magistrate, Gwama, who took the plea of the accused, had ordered him to be remanded in jail until August 2.