A youth chief in Adamawa State, Ikamu Hamidu Kato, who was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment for insulting President Muhammadu Buhari and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha has been launched on bail.
Kato, who hails from the identical native authorities space because the SGF, allegedly took to his Facebook web page to sentence the insecurity within the space following current assaults by armed males suspected to be Boko Haram members.
He was alleged to have additionally insulted Buhari and Mustapha in a viral video on his Facebook web page.
However, in a follow-up video, Kato, a youth chief of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) apologised for the allegations levelled in opposition to him.
On Monday, Justice Dimas Gwama of the Magistrates’ Court IV in Yola, sentenced Kato, to 2 years imprisonment for insulting Buhari and Mustapha.
The court docket sentenced Kato to a one-year jail time period in every of the offences with an choice of N25,000 superb on every offence.
SaharaReporters learnt that Kato paid the N50, 000 after having been stored in detention for greater than every week.
He instructed SaharaReporters that he was invited to the workplace of the Department of State Services (DSS) in Yola, the state capital final Monday, July 26.
According to him, he was stored in DSS custody until Thursday, July 29 after which he was transferred to a correctional centre within the state.
Kato additional mentioned he was taken to a court docket on Friday, July 30 the place the decision was given by Gwama.
“I was released on Monday on N50, 000 bail. I never insulted President Buhari. It was just a reference. I am an ardent supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari and even voted for him in 2015, it was in 2019 I didn’t vote for him because I was already in PDP as at then. I voted for Atiku Abubakar.
“So, I was invited for questioning on Monday last week and I was detained in their cell till Thursday but I was not tortured or beaten. Then after those four days, I was taken to court, then they took me to prison, then yesterday (Monday) I was taken to court and from there, the judge gave the verdict and I paid the bail money.”
One of his kinfolk, Sanni Jauro, who spoke with SaharaReporters mentioned he’s stunned Kato may have such expertise courtesy of a innocent social media put up.
“Kato made a put up on Facebook as a result of there was a time there was an assault in our space so the SGF went to Hong with an aeroplane. He went briefly and returned to his base so Kato made a put up that the SGF got here with a airplane, that so many issues had been occurring and he by no means got here.
“He mentioned he blamed Buhari for appointing SGF however I do not assume all these ought to warrant an arrest. They sentenced him to 2 years imprisonment for making the statements.
“This man has given his all to Buhari; although he was within the PDP, he supported Buhari. He by no means made a direct reference to Buhari, he solely mentioned he blamed President Buhari for appointing Boss Mustapha because the SGF.”
SaharaReporters had reported how the convict pleaded with the court docket on Thursday to mood justice with mercy by convicting him with an choice of superb as a result of he was a household man and had dependants.
Upon his arraignment earlier than the court docket on final Friday, the convict pleaded responsible when the cost sheet was learn and defined to him.
The court docket then adjourned the matter to Monday, August 2, 2021, to allow the complainant to name witnesses and tender displays in an effort to corroborate the plea of the defendant following an software by counsel for the complainant, M.A. Adamu.
During court docket sitting on Monday, the counsel assembled two witnesses together with a 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 had suspended the youth chief, saying it might not permit such indiscipline by its members even in opposition to leaders of the opposition political events.