Court releases student detained for criticising lawmaker

A magistrate’s court in Nigeria ordered the release of a Bayero University, Kano student who was detained for 59 days after criticising a lawmaker on Facebook, but fixed 10 December for continuation of the case, writes Abubakar Ahmadu Maishanu for Premium Times.

Yajuza Tijjani, a second-year student, had been held since 30 September after criticising lawmaker Kabiru Isma’il on Facebook. The lawmaker and Tijjan are natives of Madobi Local Government Area. In the Facebook post seen by Premium Times, Tijjani, in an apparent reference to the lawmaker whom he did not mention by name, said in Hausa: “You know he’s not well educated, as a result of which he doesn’t know how to calculate figures.” In another post Tijjani said: “I pray to God almighty that the election petition tribunal [will] declare the election of state’s assembly member representing Madobi as inconclusive.”

While in detention, Tijjani missed an entire semester examination, meaning he may repeat a year in the university. The lawmaker has been accused by abusing his office by influencing the prolonged detention of the student.
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