A student of the Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State, who was arrested for criticising First Lady, Aisha Buhari, on Twitter in June, Aminu Adamu, has been remanded at Suleja Prison in Niger State.
He had tweeted: “Su mama Anchi Kudin Talakawa an koshi,” meaning: “Mama has fed fat on poor people’s money.”
Adamu, a final year student, who was on Tuesday arraigned before a court in Abuja, was sent to prison despite the plea of his lawyer that he had an examination on December 5, 2022 and was ill.
He had during the court session pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.
His lawyer, C.K. Agu, who spoke with BBC Hausa, said: “Even in the court session yesterday, we notified the judge about the efforts made to have him released on bail, but we did not receive any reply from the police.
“We applied to the court to release the student on bail on health grounds and the fact that he will sit for the exam on 5, December.
“The court has ordered the police to provide the bail application before it for consideration between Tuesday and Wednesday.”
Aminu, from Azare in Bauchi State, is a final-year student of the Department of Environmental Management at Federal University, Dutse.