Court strikes out case against man over Twitter post threatening Buhari

Solomon Akuma, a 29-year-old pharmacist has been acquitted by a Federal High Court in Abuja after he was charged by the federal government for tweeting to “pay a Russian sniper to kill Buhari and his former Chief of Staff, the late Abba Kyari”.

According to a report by SaharaReporters, the trial judge, Folashade Giwa-Ogunbanjo, while ruling on the matter on Monday struck out the case on the ground that it was defective.

The judge said there was no valid charge before the court and that the matter was not diligently prosecuted.

She said the case file would be returned to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in the office of the Attorney General of the Federation for further action.

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The judge added that the judgement does not give protection to the defendant from future investigation.

The defence counsel, Emmanuel Ukaegbu prayed the court to discharge the defendant who was in a correctional centre. 

Ukaegbu said his client should be released since the matter has been struck out.

The judge, therefore, asked the defence counsel to make a formal application to that effect.

Akuma was abducted and had been detained at the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), Abuja, for over 11 months.

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