CLAIM: Several blog post has claimed that the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha Buhari, allegedly sustained injuries while physically abusing a student at the Federal University, Dutse, Aminu Adamu Muhammed, who was arrested over a Twitter post.
VERDICT: Insufficient Evidence
VERIFICATION:Checks revealed that the student was remanded in prison after being arraigned at the FCT High Court No. 14 in Abuja on Tuesday, 29th November 2022 for cyberstalking and defamation against the First Lady.
Even though Adamu Mohammed pleaded not guilty, he was sent to the Suleja correctional centre without a bail option. He was allegedly arrested on the orders of the First Lady due to a tweet he made in June. He tweeted in the Hausa language that the First Lady was feeding fat on the poor people’s money. The tweet read, “Su mama Anchi Kudin Talakawa an koshi,” meaning, “Mama has fed fat on poor people’s money.”
The 500-level student was picked up from his school two weeks ago and taken straight to the Presidential Villa where he was allegedly brutalized, beaten, maltreated, and humiliated by the police suspected to be men belonging to the Department of State Services.
Available information shows that Aisha is among five witnesses assembled by the prosecution to testify against Adamu Mohammed in court, with the police alleging that the offense bordering on defamation and cyberstalking, contravened Section 391 of the Penal Code.
The one-count charge against the student marked: CR/89/2022, and dated November 23, reads, “That you Aminu Adamu, male of Anguwar Sarakuna, Bauch, Bauchi state sometime between May – June 2022 within the jurisdiction of this Honorable court did intentionally open a Twitter Handle with the name @aminullahie Catalyst and screenshot the image of Her Excellency Hajia Aisha Buhari and wrote on it in the Hausa language ‘Su mama anchi kudi talakawa ankoshi’ roughly translated to the English language to mean ‘mama has embezzled monies meant for the poor to satisfaction’ and posted same on your above Twitter handle for the members of the public to read, knowing same to be false and capable of affecting her reputation. You thereby committed an offense punishable under Section 391 of the penal code.”
The defendant is to be remanded in Suleja Prison pending the hearing and determination of his bail application.
CONCLUSION: CDD fact-checkers cannot confirm the authenticity of the claim due to insufficient evidence. Aminu Adamu Muhammed, who was arrested over a Twitter post defaming the first lady has however been charged to court and is to be remanded at the Suleja Prison in Abuja.