Adamawa: Businessman bags 2-years jail for allegedly calling Gov Umara Fintiri ‘Father of all thieves’

An Adamawa businessman has been sentenced to 30 months in jail for insulting the State Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri.

According to the source, Ali Yakubu Numan had taken to Facebook on different days in July 2021 to criticize the Adamawa State Governor. In one post, he described Gov Finitri as “a thief and father of all thieves in Nigeria” who stole hundreds of billions of Naira from state coffers.

On Wednesday, August 12, a Yola Chief Magistrate Court II, presided over by Magistrate Japhet Basani, convicted the businessman and sentenced him to two and a half years in prison with the option of N50,000 fine for using abusive language against Fintiri.

Earlier, counsels to the complainant, A. M. Iliyasu and M.A. Adamu, had called two witnesses who testified in court and tendered confessional statements in both English and Hausa languages respectively, among other exhibits.

On his part, counsel to the defendant and now convict, R. N. Agav, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy, informing the court that his client was a first-time offender.

In ruling on the case on Wednesday, Magistrate Basani said that the court arrived at the verdict after it found the man guilty of the two charges brought against him by the prosecution.

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