Nigerian Man Jailed Over Opinion Facebook Post On Katsina State Governor Aminu Masari

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March 28, 2017 – Nigerian Man Jailed Over Opinion Facebook Post On Katsina State Governor Aminu Masari

A Katsina Chief Magistrate’s Court has sentenced one Gambo Saeed to nine months imprisonment for insulting and defaming the character of Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State on social media.

Saeed resides in Muduru village in Mani Local Government Area of Katsina State.

The Police Prosecutor, Insp. Isa Liti, earlier told the court that Saeed was arraigned following complaints received from Mr Mansur Ali Mashi, Senior Special Assistant (SSA), to the Governor on Radio Monitoring.

“Mashi said the accused person abused Masari and called him names on social media.

“He said the accused person posted on the media that it was Gov. Masari who influenced the impeachment of Speaker of Katsina State House of Assembly, Aliyu Muduru.’’

Liti said police arrested the accused person and arraigned him for intentional insult, defamation of the governor’s character and inciting disturbance.

Delivering the judgment on Monday in Katsina, Chief Magistrate Abdu Ladan, said the court has found the accused person guilty of the said offences; each charge attracts three years imprisonment.

Ladan then sentenced the accused to nine months imprisonment without option of fine.

Wetin happen to freedom of speech??? Chai Naijaaaa what is the way forward…

9 thoughts on “Nigerian Man Jailed Over Opinion Facebook Post On Katsina State Governor Aminu Masari

  1. SORRY TO SAY THIS MY PEOPLE NIGERIA IS ANIMAL KINGDOM WHO ARE THEY ABUSING? THAT GOV SHOULD BE JAIL NOT OUR TOMORROW.EVEN IN UK YOU ABUSE WHO EVER

    • Freedom of speech doesn’t mean u should insult your ******. A woman called Obama’s wife Ape and she was sacked from her Job. Learn to respect your ****

  2. This is fu*kingly unbelievable. Where is the freedom of speech then?
    This can only happen in a lawless society like Nigeria where the common man has no right to express himself.
    Who the hell is Gov aminu Masari? Is he above the law that no one can stand up to say anything about him.

  3. With this judgment passed on this guy, its quite obvious freedom of speech could be dangerous. What a lawless country!

  4. The young man commited a crime for saying that his governor influenced speakers impeachment.what sort of stupid judge will prosecute someone over free speech,tyranny is taking over this nation.just check the postion,special assistant on radio monitoring,next is on internet monitoring and local market monitoring to hear what pple say about the dumb governor.

  5. The powerful ones in Nigeria has shown in all ramification that Nigerian constitution is nothing but a mere piece of guideline put together that has no real effect in a democratic system. Why arresting and subsequently imprisoning someone because he simply exercised his fundamental right to freedom of expression and of opinion as enshrined in section 39 of 1999 constitution of federal republic of Nigeria? It is clearly spelled out under section 39 and (1) of Nigerian constitution that “every nigerians is entitled to freedom of expression including freedom to [“hold opinion”] and to receive and impact ideas and information without interference”. Did this former governor ever gave thought to this before taking his shameful step? This is one of the top reason why Nigeria as a country has completely lost it self-esteem,self-image,self-worth and dignity and has become an object of shame and ridicule to the entire world. Sad enough our justice system which is suppose to be the last hope of man has completely lost it credibility due to bribery and corruption that has infiltrated the institution and it failure to uphold human right record. Justice,fairness and equity should be the hall mark of any established judicial system in a country.
    The federal government has to take the issue of fundamental human right of Nigerians seriously. At no time should any rich and the powerful ones be allowed to trample on the constitutional right of any Nigerian citizens. We are all equal before the law. This warning need to be reiterated and be sounded to all regardless of who the person may be.

  6. Rappo :In a typical democratic system of government,every one is free to express his or her feelings either positively or negatively against the other person without any cause for retaliation. If the former governor succeeded in imprisoning the young man doesn’t mean his action is right. He has a lot of influence under his belt to deal with this guy simply for lashing out at him. The issue of Fayose of Ekiti state along with former aviation minister with Buhari is a typical example of democracy. On countless occasions Governor Fayose and Femi Fani Kayode has lambasted and insulted President Muhammadu buhari calling him all sort of names but he never replied,why? Because he respects that section 39 of nigerian constitution that these people are simply exercising their right of freedom of expression. A former military man like Buhari can’t tolerate it if all this criticism were to be under military rule. This two people by now would have been imprisoned. So my dear this system of government called DEMOCRACY tolerate a lot of things including insults,blame, and the like about the other person. Finally,Nigerian constitution further anchor and strengthened those right of individual to freedom of opinion and of expression. Just that We have a failed judicial system in the country if not,we will not be witnessing this shameful ruling against that man who is now unjustly imprisoned. Nigeria is a truly lawless country.

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