Adamawa businessman, Ali Yakubu, has been sentenced to two-and-a-half-year jail term for calling Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri ‘Father of all thieves’ by a Yola Chief Magistrate Court II, presided by Magistrate Japhet Basani, Oyogist.com reports.
Ali Yakubu was charged with publishing insulting and denigrating statements in Hausa and Fulfulde against Fintiri on the 11th, 12th, 13th, 17th, 20th and 29th July, 2021 respectively on his Facebook page.
He described Governor Fintiri as a thief, a father of all thieves in Nigeria who stole indomie, spaghetti and billions of naira.
A statement of complaint by the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Afraimu Jingi said the action of the defendant generated tension in the State.
He was initially brought to court on the Monday, 9th of August but his Counsel, M.A. Adamu, pleaded with the court to adjourn the matter to enable him assemble witnesses to corroborate the plea entered by the defendant.
Magistrate Basani ordered the remand of the defendant at a correctional center, and adjourned the case to Wednesday,11th July.
Ali Yakubu was sentenced on Wednesday to two-year jail term with option of N50,000 fine for using abusive language against Fintiri.
He was also sentenced to six-month imprisonment without option of fine for disturbance of public peace.