A magistrate court in Bauchi has remanded a chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC), Umar Muhammed Mai Fata, in prison for reportedly making a false accusation against Governor Bala Muhammed
Daily Trust reports that the police on Thursday, December 12, told the court that Mai Fata in radio program aired across the state had alleged that the Bauchi state governor took N1bn from government coffers to fund the recent governorship election in Bayelsa state.
However, during the trial, the counsel to the accused Barrister Usman Bappha, asked the court to give him five minutes to go out and bring some legal documents to support their arguments of defence and the court granted the plea and went for a break.
But when the Bappha failed to return to court after 30 minutes, the prosecutor urged the court to adjourn hearing until when the defence counsel is ready for the case.
Following the prosecution’s request, the presiding Magistrate Safiya Doma adjourned the case till sitting to December, 23rd and ordered the accused person to be remanded in prison till the next adjourned date.
Meanwhile, following controversies that trailed the social media and hate speech bill, Festus Keyamo, minister of state for labour and productivity, has insisted that there must be penalty for posting false information on social media.
The former activist disclosed this on Monday, December 2, in a series of tweets. Going further, Keyamo blasted activists who oppose the bill seeking to regulate social media.
He called on the activists to stop blocking people who irritate them on the platforms and asked them to apologise to those they have blocked.