There was a gentle drama on the Federal Excessive Courtroom, Abuja on Friday as a 29-year-old pharmacist, Solomon Akuma, refused to take a plea within the amended cost filed by the Nigeria Police on the bogus counts bordering on treasonable felony and terrorism.
Akuma is being prosecuted after his arrest on April 2, 2020, in Abia, Abia State for tweeting that he’ll “pay a Russian sniper to remove (President Muhammadu) Buhari and (Abba) Kyari (Buhari’s former Chief of Employees)” in response to a Twitter publish asking “if $1m hits your account, your subsequent transfer?”
Justice Folashade Giwa-Ogunbanjo had on November 22, 2021, whereas delivering her judgement on the matter, struck out the case on the bottom that it was faulty.
The court docket stated there was no legitimate cost earlier than the court docket and that the matter was not diligently prosecuted.
She stated the case file could be returned to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) within the workplace of the Legal professional Normal of Federation (AGF) for additional motion.
The matter was scheduled for Friday, December 17 for the listening to of the appliance for the discharge of the defendant from the Nigerian Correctional Service.
It was filed by Solomon’s lawyer, Emmanuel Ukaegbu for the reason that case had been struck out.
However surprisingly, the decide allowed the appliance of the amended cost and trip of the judgement filed by the prosecution counsel to take prominence as she requested the defendant to take his plea, including that there was an amended cost earlier than the court docket.
However bother began when the court docket registrar proceeded to learn the amended cost and requested Akuma (defendant) whether or not he was responsible or not. However the defendant stored mute.
The defence counsel, whereas elevating an objection to the amended cost, stated his shopper wouldn’t take the plea on the bottom that he had not seen the amended cost.
The lawyer stated it will not be correct for him to take a plea with out going by way of the cost.
He insisted that his shopper should see the cost most well-liked towards him earlier than taking his plea.
At this level, the trial decide gave the defence counsel 10 minutes to advise and seek the advice of with the defendant, who was within the dock and persuade him to take his plea.
However Ukaegbu remained adamant as he insisted that even your entire day wouldn’t be sufficient for him and his shopper to undergo the amended cost.
All of a sudden the decide turned infuriated as she interrupted Ukaegbu and requested him to sit down down. She threatened to cost the lawyer for contempt of court docket for remaining standing whereas she was speaking.
After the drama, the defence counsel requested the court docket for an adjournment.
The applying was granted and the matter was adjourned to February 1, 2022, for the arraignment of the defendant within the occasion he decides to take his plea.
She additionally ordered that the defendant be remanded in jail custody.