Islamic Cleric Docked For Defamation, Inciting Disturbance

An Islamic Cleric based in Ilorin, Kwara State, Alfa Wasiu Jaguma has been arraigned before an Ilorin Magistrates Court on a two count charge of defamation of character and inciting disturbance.

The accused, 40, of Ipata Oloje Area of the Kwara capital was docked before Mrs Fatima Binta Soliu alleged to have committed the offences on Feb 14, 2018.

Police prosecutor, Inspector Mathew Ologbonsaiye told the court that Kamaldeen Saliu Olarewaju and Muhammed HabeebNababa of No. 19, Kamaldeen Street Okekere area of Ilorin respectively reported the matter to the Police ‘C’ Division in the town.

The prosecutor said the accused came to their area on the said date and held an Islamic preaching session where he allegedly engaged in the use of  inciting words against the leader/founder of Al-Adabby Group of Muslims Society, late Sheikh Tajuwadab and Kamaldeen Sofiyulahi.

He said the preaching caused uneasy tension within Adangba area of Ilorin and its environs.

“Investigation conducted revealed that Alfa Wasiu Jaguma admitted conducting the lecture using vulgar/abusive words against the referred scholars,” the FIR said.

The prosecutor said the offences contravened sections 114 and 392 of the Penal Code.

 

When the charge was translated to the accused in Yoruba language, he said he understood the charges, but pleaded not guilty.

Ologbonsaiye told the court that investigation was still going on in the matter and urged the court to refuse the accused bail so that he would not tamper with police investigations.

Counsel to the accused person, Usman Omotoso urged the court to admit his client to bail because according to him, the charges pressed against him were bailable ones.

In her ruling, Mrs Soliu granted bail to the accused person in the sum of N100, 000 and two sureties in the like sum. She said that one of the sureties must be a civil servant on grade level 16 while the second should be a responsible family member.

Soliu also ruled that the two sureties must reside within the jurisdiction of the court and adjourned the mater till March 7 for hearing.