Nigerian student Aminu Adamu Mohammed accused of defaming Aisha Buhari

Outrage is growing in Nigeria after a university student was arrested and charged with defaming President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife on Twitter.

Prosecutors alleged in the charge sheet that Aminu Adamu Mohammed posted a picture of Aisha Buhari, and wrote in the Hausa language words that roughly translated accused her of embezzlement.

The prosecution accused the 23-year-old of spreading false information.

His lawyer said he denied a charge of defamation during a court appearance.

The undergraduate is due to start his final exams on Monday.

It is unclear whether he will be able to do so, as he is still in detention.

His lawyer, Chijioke Kingsley Agu, told the BBC that he had applied for bail, and he hoped this would be considered within 48 hours.

Mr Mohammed’s parents have publicly implored Mrs Buhari to forgive their son. She and the authorities have not yet commented on the case.

Mr Mohammed was reportedly arrested earlier this month, but only appeared in court on Tuesday.


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