Blogger from Kano is remanded by a court after being accused of defaming Buratai, the former COAS

A Kano State High Court has remanded one Ibrahim Khalil Danshagamu, a self-described blogger, for disparaging and sullying the reputation of former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai (rtd.).

A High Court presided over by Justice Halima A.B. Wali remanded him.

The defendant, Danshagamu, was brought before the court for allegedly posting a video on his social media accounts in which he stated that Buratai, the complainant, had constructed more than 60 gas stations in Kano with the money from the guns trade.

The previous Nigerian ambassador to the Republic of Benin (the Buratai) requested that the defendant be located by the police so that the allegations could be supported.

After being taken into custody by the police, the defendant, Danshagamu, had refuted the accusations made against him.

The defendant’s attorney, Barrister S.A. Abdullahi, requested that the court give bail to his client; however, the presiding Judge turned down the request on the grounds that the defendant’s offense violated Sections 371 and 115 and might result in a three-year jail sentence.

The defendant was referred to the State’s psychiatrist to determine if he was acting in his genuine sense when he transmitted the aforementioned video evidence, the judge ruled.

The complainant’s attorney, Barrister Hussaini Makari, told reporters shortly after the court session that his client had also issued a challenge, stating that he was prepared to drop the complaint against the defendant if any Kano State resident could identify any filling station that belonged to him.

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