A’isha Buhari bows to pressure, withdraws case against student critic

The First Lady, A’isha Buhari, has bowed to widespread pressure and condemnation, withdrawing the case against a final year student of the Federal University, Dutse, Aminu Mohammed.

Withdrawing the case against the accused yesterday, 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 the First Lady for taking the “bold steps” to forgive the accused.

While issuing the release warrant of the student, the judge called on parents to always monitor their children to avoid recurrence.

Muhammed, who was reportedly subjected to torture and other ill-treatment, including severe beatings, had faced charges of defamation of the character of the First Lady over a tweet.

According to a Police report, Aminu was arrested at Federal University, Dutse on 18 November 2022, after Mrs. Buhari instructed a team of Police detectives to track him down. He was then held in an unknown location and denied access to his family and lawyer, in clear violation of international human rights law.

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