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Businessman in prison for insulting Adamawa governor on Facebook

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A businessman Ali Numan has been remanded in prison custody for allegedly insulting Adamawa State Governor Ahmadu Fintiri.

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Magistrate Japhet Ibrahim Basani of the Chief Magistrate Court 2 ordered the remand of Numan, who was arraigned for insulting Fintiri on social media.

Numan had on the 11, 12, 13, 17, 20, and 29 of July 2021, criticised the governor and published his criticisms in Hausa and Fulfulde languages on his Facebook page.

Numan allegedly described Fintiri as “a thief and father of all thieves in Nigeria.”

Numan allegedly claimed that the governor stole noodles and spaghetti and also hundreds of billions of naira.

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Adamawa State attorney general and commissioner for justice Afraimu Jingi in a complaint lodged by Senior State Counsel, M. A. Adamu, said the Numan’s critisim of the governor generated tension among his supporters.

Adamu disclosed that a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) youth leader in Yola North lodged a complaint at the Department of State Services (DSS) before Numan was arrested and prosecuted.

After the hearing, counsel for the complainant, M.A. Adamu, prayed the court to adjourn the matter to enable him to assemble witnesses.

The Magistrate thereafter ordered the remand of the defendant at a correctional centre, and adjourned the case till August 11, 2021.


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