A Magistrate court sitting in Yola had Monday dismissed a suit filed by a group known as Fintiri Support Group against the chairman of Adamawa Concern Group, Husseini Gambo Nakura over an audio recording where the Adamawa state governor allegedly threatened to deal with Nakura.
The court presided over by Magistrate E. Dattire, invoked section 352 subsection 1 of the Adamawa State Criminal Justice Law and dismissed the case, for failure of the complainant to appear before it.
The viral audio has been a topic of discourse in the state following the massive looting of government and private facilities in the state recently.
Nakura had blamed governor Fintiri for failing to distribute COVID-19 palliatives meant for citizens, saying it was the cause of the looting and vandalization.
Shortly after, an audio recording went viral of social media in which governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri was allegedly heard issuing threats to Nakura.
Reacting to the judgement, counsel to the defendant, Barr Desmond S Adebole, who called the group “faceless” said the court was constrained to dismiss the case in view of the non appearance of the complainant, in line with ACJL in the state.
” The crux of the matter is that my client is alleged to have committed libellous or defamatory statement against the governor.
” It was a phone conversation and I have listened to the conversation and to me I’ve not detected anything wrong.
” In fact, the reverse should be the case because as it were, it was the governor that was threatening my client in the conversation and not the other way round.
” We are shocked that they even arraigned him before the court.
” It was on that basis that the judge struck out the matter invoking the provision of section 352 subsection 1 of the Adamawa State Criminal Justice Law,” he said.