- Ibrahim Bature, a 31-year-old resident of Unguwar Dabino, Dutsinma town in Katsina state, was arrested for allegedly criticising Governor Aminu Masari
- Bature was arraigned in court and remanded in detention after his arrest by the police
- He has remained in detention 35 days after with his lawyer saying efforts are being made to ensure his freedom
Thirty-five days after he was arrested for allegedly criticising Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina state on Facebook, 31-year-old Ibrahim Bature of Unguwar Dabino, Dutsinma town, has remained in detention.
Daily Trust reports that Bature was arrested by the police on August 28 on the claim that he criticised the governor.
He was charged to court for allegedly trying to cause disaffection to the government of Katsina as well as defamation of character.
The report said Mani Mamman, a police inspector attached to the state Intelligence Bureau had arrested Bature and brought him to the agency before the suspect was arraigned.
He was thereafter remanded in prison custody.
According to the police First Information Report (FIR), Bature, sometime in July 2017, published and tweeted a false report that Governor Masari was trying to ruin the state’s future by collecting loan worth N77.7 billion and that government was going for another loan of USD 110 million to build hospitals in the 34 local government areas.
In a video call, Bature was alleged to have said: “Comrades and activist of Katsina state, let us form a strong coalition and collectively say enough is enough. Enough of this nonsense. We did not agree on this idea.”
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The suspect’s lawyer, Barrister MS Mahuta, confirmed that efforts were being made to ensure his release on bail.
The Nigerian government had recently stood up against what it calls fake news peddled by some citizens in the country.
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