SANI Muhammad Sani
Zamfara State Police Command has stated that the arrest and subsequent arraignment of a Social media handler Mugira Yusuf is not politically motivated. The Commands Public Relation Officer, SP Muhammad Shehu has revealed.
The attention of the command was drawn on various news trending on social and conventional medias, regarding the arrest of Mugira Yusuf by Operatives of the Command last Thursday, where the command said the media were giving his arrest different correlation.
Zamfara State Police command arraigned the embattled social media blogger Mugira Yusuf before Zamfara State Magistrate Court Friday.
He was arraigned before Justice Sa’adu Gurbin Bore on charges of inciting public disturbances, defamation of character and false social media postings.
The police prosecutor Inspector Ibrahim Aliyu, said that the offenses are punishable under sections 114, 392 and 393 of the penal code.The police explained that, Zamfara State Ministry for Security and Home Affairs brought a formal complaint against Mugira Yusuf sometimes in January this year.
“For the avoidance of doubt and purpose of clarity, the Command wishes to state that, On 17th January, 2020, an official complaint of alleged criminal conspiracy and inciting public disturbance against the said Mugira Yusuf and One Ukashatu Abubakar was received by the Commissioner of Police.”
In the course of investigation at the State CID, one of the suspect, Ukashatu Abubakar was arrested and charged to court, while Mugira Yusuf fled and had since been avoiding arrest.
The second suspect, Mugira Yusuf was arrested at Unguwar Dallatu area, Gusau by Police operatives investigating the case. The suspect was charged to court last on Friday.
“In view of the above, members of the public are enjoined to note that, the arrest was not Politically Motivated as being reported by some media.” The Police Said
“The Police as law enforcement agency will continue to discharge its functions in line with constitutional provisions and other professional ethics.”
The accused pleaded not guilty to all the charges filed by the police.
the defense team led by Barr. Surajo Garba Gusau objected to the continued trial of the accused at the Magistrate Court, since Zamfara law No 7 has made it obvious that a Muslim can only be tried in Islamic Shariah court of competent jurisdiction.
They therefore asked the court to transfer the matter to a competent Islamic Shariah court for trial.
The judge adjourned the matter until Monday today for ruling on the application.
Justice Sa’adu Gurbin Bore, however, warned police to desist from bringing cases at the close end of the week to avoid delay in the transfer of cases.