Former Kano State Works Commissioner sent to prison for defamation of character against Governor Ganduje

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Former Kano State Works Commissioner sent to prison for defamation of

Former Kano State Works Commissioner sent to prison for defamation of character against Governor Ganduje

Story from Saleh INUWA, Kano

Kano State Former Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Alhaji Mu’azu Magaji Dansauniya, has been remanded in prison by a magistrate court in Nomansland Kano, for posting a picture of the governor and a woman in an uncompromising position on social media.

The former Commissioner was a very close political associate of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje before he was sacked for celebrating the death of Abba Kyari, the former Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari. Since then he has been a serious critic of the Governor, even though he was given another appointment by Ganduje but he was sacked.

In one of his posts on social media against the governor was a picture of Ganduje with a woman, which contravenes sections 392, 399 and 114 of the administration of criminal justice of Kano State, even though the accused pleaded not guilty.

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At this point, the prosecution council applied for adjournment in order to present his case, but the defence counsel, Gazali Ahmad applied for bail for his client on health grounds, citing sections 168, 172 and 174 of the administration of criminal justice of Kano State in 1999.

The prosecution, however, opposed the bail application on the grounds that the defence counsel did not present sufficient evidence to prove that his client is actually sick. Other charges against the accused include intentional insult, injurious falsehood and inciting disturbance against the governor, the accused has since joined the Shekarau Faction of APC.

Magaji’s lawyer insisted that his client has lost hearing owing to aural injuries he sustained after teargas was discharged in Abuja when he was being chased by security agencies to arrest him. His lawyer, therefore, urged the court to grant him bail, but the Magistrate ruled that Magaji should be taken to the Police clinic and later remanded him in prison.

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