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Court remands Kano based blogger over defamation of Gen. Buratai

From Noah Ebije, Kaduna

A magistrate court sitting in Kano, presided over by Justice Halima A.B. Wali, has sent one Ibrahim Khalil Danshagamu, a self acclaimed internet blogger on remand in the correctional center for defaming and tarnishing the good image of the former Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai (rtd).

Counsel to the plaintiff, Hussaini Makari while speaking to newsmen shortly after the court session, said that his client has also thrown a challenge that if the defendant or any Kano State based citizen could point out any filling station belonging to him, he is ready to withdraw the case against the defendant.

Danshagamu, who is the defendant, was dragged before the said court over alleged sharing a video footage on his social media, where he claimed that the plaintiff, built over 60 filling stations in Kano out of an alleged arms deal proceeds.

Following sharing the said video footage, the plaintiff who is former Ambassador to the Republic of Benin, directed the police to fish out the defendant to investigate the claims.

After the police arrested the defendant, he denied the charges against him and Barrister Farida Wada took the case before the said court.

Counsel to the defendant, S.A. Abdullahi prayed the court to grant bail to his client, which the presiding judge objected on the grounds that the defendant’s offence contravened sections 371 and 115, as the said offence, can lead to three years imprisonment.

The judge also ordered that the defendant should be sent to the state’s psychiatrist to diagnosis the defendant’s brain whether he was in his actual sense, when he shared the said video footage.

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