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Kogi man fined and jailed over Facebook post on COVID-19

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A Kogi resident recognized as Habibi Rabiu, has been handed a two months jail sentence for posting false info on his Fb web page.

 

Rabiu was arrested by operatives of the Division of State Providers and charged to courtroom over a put up titled, “The speed at which fever is killing folks in Kogi State is alarming.” The put up was reportedly made through the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown within the nation.

 

The prosecuting counsel, Mr M. A. Abaji in his argument in courtroom, mentioned the defendant acted opposite to Part 393 of the Kogi State Penal Code by intimidating folks, creating concern and inciting folks towards the state authorities by his assertion on Fb.

 

He famous that the defendant raised a false alarm on the speed of dying amid the pandemic in 2020. Abaji additionally identified that the state epidemiologist, who was invited to testify to determine Rabiu’s claims, disclosed that as on the time the defendant made the put up on social media, the dying charge within the state was regular.

 

The defence counsel, E .A. Iwu, nonetheless argued that the defendant acted primarily based on emotion after his sister, who was identified with malaria fever, died within the state.

 

Presiding Justice of the Peace, Chief Justice of the Peace A.A. Agatha, in her judgement, sentenced the defendant to 2 months’ imprisonment with no advantageous possibility along with cost of N5,000 as stipulated by the regulation.

 

Abaji reportedly paid the cash earlier than he was moved to a custodial centre.

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