Barely 72hours to National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS’) planned nation-wide protest, Aisha Buhari, has withdrawn the case against a final year student of the Federal University, Dutse, Aminu Adamu.
Adamu was arrested by the police in Dutse for allegedly publishing a defamatory statement on his Twitter handle against Mrs. Buhari.
In the alleged offending tweet, Adamu, who is studying Environmental Management, posted a rotund picture of the First Lady with a caption in Hausa saying, “Mama is feeding fat on poor people’s money.”
The tweet was posted on June 8, 2022.
After nearly two weeks in detention, he was arraigned Tuesday before Justice Yusuf Halilu of the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Maitama, where he pleaded not guilty and was remanded at Suleja Correctional Centre in Niger state.
However, withdrawing the case against the accused Friday, the prosecution counsel, Fidelis Ogbobe, said the First Lady, as the mother of the nation, decided to withdraw the case, following the intervention of well-meaning Nigerians.
He relied on Section 108 sub-section 2(a) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act to move the application for the withdrawal of the case.
Ruling on the matter, Justice Yusuf Halilu of the FCT High Court commended Mrs. Buhari for taking the “bold steps” to forgive the accused.
He called on parents to always monitor their children to avoid recurrence.