Defamation: Court remands ex-Kano commissioner Mua’zu Magaji

Engr Mua’zu Magaji

Mua’zu Magaji

By Ramatu Garba

A Senior Magistrates’ sitting in Kano,on Monday, ordered that a former Kano Commissioner for Works and Infrastructural Development, Mua’zu Magaji, be remanded in a Correctional centre for allegedly defaming Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje.

Mua’zu is charged with defamation of character, intentional insult, injurious falsehood and inciting disturbance.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Senior Magistrate, Aminu Gabari, refused the commissioner’s bail application.

Gabari ordered that Mua’zu should be allowed medical attention.

He also ordered the prosecution counsel to present the case diary before the court on Feb.3, for ruling on bail application.

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Mr Wada A Wada, informed the court that the defendant committed the offence between 2021 and 2022 on his Facebook page.

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He alleged that the defendant posted a picture of Ganduje with a yet to be identified woman in an immoral or extra-marital affair on his Facebook page.

“This action of the defendant defamed the character of the Governor and Incited supporters to take law into their hands,” he said.

The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 392, 399 and 114 of Penal Code.

Wada objected to the bail application made by the defence counsel, adding that bail on medical grounds cannot be granted by the assertion of a counsel or a defendant.

“The nature of the offence is rampant in the society especially in Kano state,” he said.

The Defence Counsel, Mr Garzali Datti-Ahmad, prayed the court to exercise its desecration and admit his his client to bail under section 35(6) 36 (5) of constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended and sections 168, 172 and 174 of ACJL 2019.

“The defendant’s sense of hearing has seriously being affected, he is a public figure cannot jump bail if granted,” he said.

He urged the court to transfer the defendant to his personal doctor for all necessary tests because the State Police Headquarters hospital clinic lacked proper facilities.(NAN

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