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Court denies bail to pharmacist who criticized Buhari after one-year in detention

The Federal High Court sitting in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, has refused to grant bail to Solomon Akuma, the pharmacist who criticised President Muhammadu Buhari on his Twitter page.

Emmanuel, 29, was whisked away on April 2, 2020, in Aba, Abia State for allegedly making a social media post against the President and his late Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari.

After spending three months in detention without a court order, Akuma was eventually arraigned for charges bordering on terrorism, sedition, criminal intimidation of the President, and threat to the life of Buhari.

He had been languishing at the Force Criminal Investigation Department before police lawyer, Victor Ogbudo filed an application seeking the permission of the court to transfer the young man from police custody to a correctional centre.

The defence counsel had argued that there was no reason why Akuma should not be granted bail by the court, as even those accused of terrorism had been granted bail.

But in a ruling Tuesday, the presiding judge, Justice Folashade Giwa-Ogunbajo, dismissed the bail application filed by his lawyer, Emmanuel Ukaegbu and ordered Akuma to be transferred and remanded at the correctional centre.

She added that the court had earlier ordered an accelerated hearing of the matter, before adjourning it to April 23, 2021 for continuation of trial.

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