A politician recognized as Mahdi Shehu, has been granted bail after being accused of defaming Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina state.
Shehu was arrested and arraigned earlier than a Federal Excessive Courtroom in Kano, after he alleged that Mr Masari took N24 billion as safety vote from the state’s Escrow Account domiciled in UBA and Fedility Financial institution between 2015 and 2018.
The fees in opposition to him learn;
“That you just, Mr Shehu between Could to July 2020 in Kaduna inside the jurisdiction of this honourable courtroom, whereas appearing in live performance and with intent to defame, insult, trigger enmity, hatred, ailing will, and injury to the repute and integrity of governor of Katsina state and his government cupboard.
“That you just granted an interview at Freedom F.M and positioned or precipitated the identical interview to be positioned in your Fb web page “Rescue Katsina Urgently” on the web and falsely accused the governor and his commissioners of squandering over N24 billion safety votes from Katsina state Escrow Account domiciled in UBA and Fedility Banks respectively between 2015 to 2018.
“The publication you had motive to consider to be false and thereby dedicated the offence of cyber stalking opposite to and punishable beneath part 393 of the panel code part 24 (1) (a) and (b) of the cyber crimes prohibition, prevention Act 2015.”
The defendant who pleaded not responsible to all the fees filed in opposition to him by the Katsina State Authorities, was granted bail of N10 million and one surety in like sum on Thursday March 18.
Justice Ambrose Allagoa said that the surety should be a resident of Kano who has a traceable landed property. The Choose additionally ordered that the accused be remanded within the custody of the Nigeria Correctional Service pending fulfilment of his bail circumstances earlier than adjourning the case until Could 19 for listening to.
Mr Shehu has nonetheless now met the bail circumstances.