BREAKING: Federal High Court In Abuja Strikes Out Case Against 29-Year-Old Pharmacist, Solomon Akuma Arrested for Twitter Banter Against Buhari

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has struck a case filed towards a 29-year-old pharmacist, Solomon Akuma, who tweeted that he would “pay a Russian sniper to kill Buhari and his former Chief of Staff, the late Abba Kyari”.

The trial judge, Folashade Giwa- Ogunbanjo while ruling on the matter on Monday struck out the case on the ground that it was defective.

BREAKING: Federal High Court In Abuja Strikes Out Case Against 29-Year-Old Pharmacist, Solomon Akuma Arrested for Twitter Banter Against Buhari 2

The judge said there was no valid charge before the court and that the matter was not diligently prosecuted.

She said the case file would be returned to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in the office of Attorney General of Federation for further action.

The judge added that the judgement does not give protection to the defendant from future investigation.

The defence counsel, Emmanuel Ukaegbu prayed the court to discharge the defendant who was in a correctional centre. 

Ukaegbu said his client should be released since the matter has been struck out.

The judge, therefore, asked the defence counsel to make a formal application to that effect.

Akuma was abducted and had been detained at the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), Abuja, for over 11 months.

Activists, lawyers and civil society groups have condemned Akuma’s continued detention and called for his release, saying he did not commit any crime to warrant such a punishment.

Akuma’s tweets were in response to a Twitter post asking respondents what their next move would be if they got $1 million.

Akuma’s father, Emmanuel Akuma was deceived by the police in order to get his son arrested.

The father said he had received a call from a person ”who disguised to be a person seeking to reward him for praying for him in the past.”

“It was me they used as bait to get to my son. They used me as their link. Someone must have dug up my profile and they found out that I was a pastor,” he said.

The cleric added, “Someone called me that I had prayed for him at a place. He said he wanted to honour me and that he and others would be coming on a particular date.

“They also said that they would visit me and give me an honorarium. I said I was not really aware of what they were talking about.

“They said I should not bother that they knew me as a pastor. I said, okay, no problem. They said I had once ministered in their church.

“I used to be not round on the time as a result of I went for burial in my hometown. So I lodged in my in-law’s place.

“I stated no downside, however one thing ministered to me that these guys weren’t what they stated they have been and because it turned out to be, they have been policemen.”

He stated he reluctantly agreed to fulfill with them and took them to his in-law’s place, the place they “arrested everybody and collected all our phones at gunpoint, and marched us into a red jeep they parked outside.”

He stated the policemen later used his telephone quantity to name his son “telling him that his father lost the phone”.

“In fact, because of all the weapons they had I couldn’t react because I could not ascertain who they were,” he stated.

The cleric stated when his son arrived on the scene, the lads instantly arrested him.

“So, at that point, they gave us back our phones, and they took him to the police station, down to Umuahia, to Enugu and the next day, they went to Abuja,” he stated.

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BREAKING: Federal High Court In Abuja Strikes Out Case Against 29-Year-Old Pharmacist, Solomon Akuma Arrested for Twitter Banter Against Buhari

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