Three journalists accused of alleged incitement of public disorder related to the polio vaccinations in Kano were arraigned before a Magistrate Court 17 on 5 counts of criminal conspiracy and intentional insult.
Other charges brought before Chief Magistrate Ibrahim Bello include defamation of character, obstruction of a public servant in discharging his duties, injurious falsehood and Abetment. The journalists, Yakubu Musa Fagge, Mubarak Muhammad Sani, and Abubakar Rabo Abdulkarim, allegedly incited the public against polio vaccinations on their program, ‘Sandar Girma’ of Wazobia FM
The journalists allege they were only engaged in on-air talk about rumors and deny the charges. Presenting the charges in the police FIR, the prosecuting counsel Sgt. Sadiq Naaba objected to the bail sought by the journalists' lawyer, Barrister Musa Adam Aliyu, on the grounds that they might tamper with the police investigations. But the lawyer for the accused, citing relevant sections of the law which specified that one can be granted bail on the personal recognition, urged that they should be granted bail
The Chief Magistrate, while accepting the bail prayers of the accused, said he should be allowed to look at the submissions until Thursday before he decides on whether bail should be granted or not. Meanwhile, he ordered that the journalists be given unconditional access to their families and lawyers before the date of Thursday February 14 when the case will be returned to the court for hearings on the bail request.