Aisha Buhari withdraws case against Twitter critic

Aisha Buhari withdraws case against Twitter critic

Following pressure and criticism from activists, Amnesty International, the National Association of Nigerian Students, and other Nigerians, the president’s wife, Aisha Buhari, withdrew her lawsuit against Aminu Mohammed, a final-year student at the Federal University in Dutse, Jigawa State.

In withdrawing the case on Mrs. Buhari’s behalf, the prosecution’s attorney, Fidelis Ogbobe, said that the First Lady, as the mother of the country, made the decision after “well-meaning Nigerians” intervened.

Ogbobe invoked Section 108 (2)(a) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act in his plea to discontinue the case. Aisha Buhari was praised by Justice Yusuf Halilu of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory for dropping the case.

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Halilu, while issuing the release warrant, called on parents to always monitor their children to avoid recurrence.

The president’s wife, according to the 24-year-old student, “feeds fat on poor people’s money,” according to a tweet in Hausa. He reportedly relocated from Bauchi to Abuja at Aisha’s request and was then imprisoned.

Muhammad’s uncle, Shebu Azare, claimed that Mallam Adamu, the victim’s father, was unaware of his son’s imprisonment until five days later, when the situation had gotten worse, in an interview that was carried by BBC Hausa on Monday.

The issue has also sparked a lot of emotions, with notable Nigerians calling for the student’s release by Aisha Buhari, including Omoyele Sowore, the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress.

According to a police report, Muhammed was arrested at Federal University Dutse on November 18, 2022, after the wife of the President instructed a team of police detectives to track him down.

The Presidency had also barred visitors from visiting inmates at the Suleja Correctional Centre, Niger State, following the arrest of Aminu.

Meanwhile, Amnesty International Nigeria condemned the arrest and alleged torture of Muhammed and called for his immediate release.

Its Director of Amnesty International, Nigeria, Osai Ojigho, said, “The Nigerian authorities must urgently release Aminu Muhammed and drop all charges against him. He is a student accused of defaming Aisha Buhari, the first lady of Nigeria, on Twitter.

“It is beyond disgraceful that the Nigerian authorities have arrested and allegedly tortured Aminu Muhammed after he merely tweeted about the first lady of Nigeria. This deeply repressive act brazenly violates his human rights.

“The bogus charges against Aminu must be urgently and unconditionally dropped. The authorities should instead order an investigation into his unlawful detention and abusive treatment. The fact that he was detained incommunicado highlights the rampant impunity enjoyed by the Nigerian authorities.”

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