Wife of Nigerian president Aisha Buhari on Friday withdraw the case she filed against Aminu Mohammed, a final year student of Federal University, Dutse who had made comments she considered offensive against her on social media.
Mohammed was tracked and arrested at Federal University Dutse on 18 November 2022 after making the social media post the First Lady considered offensive.
He was reportedly brought back to Abuja where he was tortured and detained before his ordeal garnered public attention following an outcry by members of his family.
Following the outrage, Mohammed was secretly arraigned before FCT High Court No. 14 presided over by Justice Yusuf Halilu on Wednesday.
The one-count charge read: ”That you Aminu Adamu, male of Anguwar Sarakuna, Bauch, Bauchi state sometime between May – June 2022 within the jurisdiction of this Honorable court did intentionally open a Twitter Handle with the name @aminullahie Catalyst and screenshot the image of Her Excellency Hajia Aisha Buhari and wrote on it in the Hausa language ‘Su mama anchi kudi talakawa ankoshi’ roughly translated to the English language to mean ‘mama has embezzled monies meant for the poor to satisfaction’ and posted same on your above Twitter handle for the members of the public to read, knowing same to be false and capable of affecting her reputation. You thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 391 of the penal code.”.
While the student pleaded not guilty to the allegation, his lawyer filed an application for bail for him.
However, he was remanded in the Suleja correctional facility in Niger State pending the hearing and determination of his bail application.
However, at the resumed hearing of the case on Friday, the prosecution counsel Fidelis Ogbobe informed the court that the First lady has decided to withdraw the case ad the mother of the nation.
She added that the First Lady also considered the intervention of well-meaning Nigerians in her decision to withdraw the case.
The lawyer relied on Section 108 subsection 2(a) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act to move the application for the withdrawal of the case.
While giving his ruling, Justice Halilu commended the First Lady for the “bold steps” to forgive the accused.
He, therefore, issued a release warrant for the student.
The judge also asked parents to always monitor their children to avoid recurrence.