By Auta Obadiah Dauda

The police in Katsina state say they arrested three persons, including
a 70-year-old man for allegedly insulting President Muhammadu Buhari
and Aminu Masari, governor of the state.

The 70-year-old Lawal Abdullahi was arrested alongside Bahaje Abu, 30,
and Hamza Abubakar, 27.

Both were allegedly implicated in a viral video on social media which
showed Abdullahi allegedly insulting president Muhammadu Buhari and
the Katsina state governor, Aminu Bello Masari.

A statement signed by the spokesman of the Katsina police command,
Gambo Isah reads:

“The attention of the Katsina state police command has been drawn to
a viral video on social media showing one Lawal Abdullahi, alias
“IZALA”, ‘m’, aged 70yrs of Gafai quarters, Katsina, Katsina state,
who was contemptuously insulting the President and commander-in-chief
of the armed forces, federal republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu
Buhari, GCFR, and his excellency, the executive governor of Katsina
state, Aminu Bello Masari, CFR.”

“Consequently, the commissioner of police, Katsina state command, CP
Sanusi Buba, ordered for investigation, which led to the arrest of the
trio of Lawal Abdullahi Izala, ‘m’, aged 70yrs, Bahajaje Abu, ‘m’,
aged 30yrs and Hamza Abubakar, ‘m’, aged 27yrs all of Gafai Quarters,
Katsina, Katsina state.

“In the course of investigation suspects confessed to the committing
the offences,”the police said in the statement while warning the
members of the public to desist from using social media to insult

“To this end, the command wishes to warn members of the general public
that the police will not fold its arms and watch while disgruntled
elements violate the sacred laws of the land,” Isah added.

“Any person found taking undue advantage of the social media to insult
others, contrary to the provisions of the Cyber Crime Act, will face
the wrath of the law.”

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