Solomon Akuma’s Case Adjourned, Bail Request To Be Heard On March 23rd.

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Abiodun Sanusi

The hearing of Solomon Akuma, a Pharmacist who was arrested and had been detained for over 340 days by the Nigeria Police’ CIID in Abuja over tweets alleged to be threatening to President Muhammadu Bihari and his Late Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, was held today at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Solomon Akuma

The police witness, a senior police officer said Solomon tweeted that Buhari should resign, and also that he tweeted, Buhari Must Go.

The witness says the account name is “Olumuyiwa”, and he tweeted that @Mbuhari should be impeached.

And that he copied, @RealFFK, @RenoOmokri, @HenryShield, @YeleSowore, and @SaharaReporters in the tweet.

The Police witness also said that the defendant, Solomon Akuma he referred to Buhari as “President-Covid”, and that he said election in Nigeria is now a do or die affair.

The Police witness said Solomon Akuma also tweeted #SackBuhari several times.

The Police witness said some of the tweets from the account in question were later deleted according to his investigation. But he extracted the tweets from the defendant’s phone to be presented as an exhibit in court.

The defending counsel asked if @Mbuhari and late @AbbaKyari follow Solomon Akuma on Twitter? The prosecuting counsel’s witness said Buhari and Abba Kyari do not follow the defendant on Twitter, neither does Aisha Buhari.

The defense counsel asked whether the defendant, Solomon Akuma has a right to demand the resignation of the President or not? The prosecuting counsel said he doesn’t know.

The defense counsel calls in a witness, and the judge grants him audience.

The defense counsel asked whether the second witness knows so much about Twitter and he says yes.

The witness said, “Twitter is a social media platform where people follow each other, share news, and opinions”.

The second witness when asked by the Judge whether a Twitter account could be hacked, and also recovered, said yes, that a Twitter account could be hacked, and could also be recovered.

The prosecution counsel requested that Solomon Akuma be transferred to and be detained in prison because he allegedly misconducted himself in Nigeria Police’ CIID Abuja custody where he has been for over 340 days since he was arrested by the police.

The judge countered the prosecution councel, saying it was the police that had earlier demanded that Solomon be remanded in their custody despite the defense council’s objection during the last hearing.

The defense counsel requested bail for Solomon Akuma on the grounds that he’s being unjustly punished for an alleged offense by being detained for over 340 days despite not being convicted by the court.

The prosecution counsel objects the defense counsel’s request for bail, alleging that the defendant, Solomon Akuma had misconducted himself in Police custody.

The defense counsel argued that even citizens who were accused of terrorism in the past were granted bail, hence he does not see a reason why Solomon Akuma should not be granted bail by the court.

The judge asked whether the prosecution counsel still wants Solomon Akuma to be kept in Police CIID custody in Abuja, and the prosecuting counsel responded that they want him to be detained at the Correctional Center not in the police custody.

The matter was adjourned to the 23rd of March for ruling on bail for the defendant, and the case was adjourned to the 21st of April, 2021 for continued hearing.

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