Niger: 5 Men Remanded in Prison For Insulting Governor Bello


A Chief Magistrate Court in Minna, Niger State has ordered the detention of five middle-age men for insulting the state governor, Alhaji Abubakar Bello last Wednesday.

The suspects, Ahmadu Audu, Rabiu Muhammad, Nasiru Isah, Bashiru Shehu and Surajo Isah were said to have publicly disgraced the governor during a visit to Kagara town in Rafi Local Government Area of the state by calling him provocative names.

According to the First Information Report, FIR, the suspects were charged for criminal conspiracy, inciting, disturbance and intentional insult aimed at provoking the governor, which contravenes various sections of the Penal Code law.

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When the charges were read to the suspects, they pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Police prosecutor, Corporal Emmanuel Bassa objected to the court granting the suspects bail, pointing out that Police were still investigating the matter and that granting them bail will pose a security threat to Kagara town.

Source: Vanguard

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