Young Pharmacist Arrested, Detained By Buhari Over Twitter Banter To Appear In Court Tomorrow

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Abiodun Sanusi

Solomon Akuma, the young pharmacist who was abducted and detained at Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) Abuja for over 11 months for allegedly threatening General Muhammadu Buhari will be appearing at the Federal High Court, Abuja tomorrow, Wednesday 24th of February.

The 29-year-old Solomon was arrested for retweeting, “Pay a Russian Sniper to eliminate Buhari and Abba Kyari”, in reply to a certain tweet by a popular Twitter user ‘Tunde Omotoye who had earlier tweeted, “$1,000,000 hits your account. Your next move?”. An obvious Twitter joke which the average Nigerian Twitter user would refer to as ‘banter’ – a word used in describing comments deliberately made by any Twitter user with an intent to draw online traffic and spur online discussion or Twitter trends.

However, despite the glaring fact that the young pharmacist does not have the capacity nor the intention to literally hire a Russian Sniper to eliminate a certain Buhari and/or Abba Kyari the late Chief of Staff to the Nigerian President, the Nigerian Authorities still went ahead to abduct and kept in solitary confinement without trial until his family and other Nigerians showed concerns.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 24th Solomon Akuma will be appearing in court again from detention after he had been previously denied bail by a Federal High Court Judge in Abuja.

The matter which was earlier expected to resume for ruling on the “admissibility of documents” before Justice Folashade Giwa-Ogunbajo weeks ago was stalled following the announcement by the court registrar that the judge would not be sitting. 

We therefore urge all well-meaning Nigerians who support the Freedom of Speech and Expression to come out and give solidarity to Solomon Akuma tomorrow at the Federal High Court in Abuja, as he will be appearing in court.

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