Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Court Sentences Social Media Commentator, Ibrahim Garba Wala To 12 Years Imprisonment

A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) sitting in Maitama on Monday in Abuja sentenced, an activist, Ibrahim Garba Wala, also known as IG Wala, to 12 years imprisonment without an option of fine.

The convict was arraigned following a petition filed by Prosecution Counsel, Mr Labaran Magaji, on behalf of the Executive Chairman of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Malam Abdullahi Muhammad, on April 4.

Muhammad alleged that Wala used his Facebook page to incite the public against him and defamed him and that of the NAHCON.

Delivering the judgement, Justice Yusuf Halilu found Wala guilty on three of the four-count charges filed against him by Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation,Abubakar Malami(SAN)

The three charges for which he was found guilty included unlawful assembly, public incitement and criminal defamation of character.

The judge, however, dismissed the charge of criminal intimidation for lack of merit.

On the charge of unlawful assembly, Wala was found guilty of using an unregistered organisation, the Citizens Action To Take Back Nigeria, CATBAN, to form unlawful assembly.

On Count 2, Wala was sentenced to seven years, while on Counts 3 and 4, the activist bagged three and two years respectively.

The judge said the prosecution “has been able to establish the offence of making an unlawful assembly”

The court also found Wala guilty of public incitement, contrary to Section 114 Penal Code which deals with the breach of public peace.