APC Crisis: Goje’s New Media Aide Arrested

The crisis rocking the ruling All Progressive Congress APC in Gombe State assumed a more dangerous trend as the
new media aide to a former Governor of the State Muhammad Adamu Yayari was arrested

The crisis between the governor and Senator representing Gombe Central, Senator Muhammad Danjuma Goje seemed to be difficult to resolve.

Yayari was on Tuesday remanded in police custody by Gombe Chief Magistrate’s Court for posting the resignation of a number of ward executives of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) from Yamaltu/Deba LGA on his Facebook page.

Senator Goje has been having a running battle with the ruling All Progressive Congress leadership which had asked him to leave the party and allow Governor Inuwa Yahaya to lead the party.

The ward executive members of Yamaltu Deba Local Government however vowed to exit the party with Goje if forced to do so.
Yayari, was arrested and detained on Monday at the State Police Headquarters following a petition against him by the state Secretary of the APC, Abubakar Umar S Goro.

It would be recalled that Police First Information Report (FIR) said Yayari had on November 25, 2021 published ‘an injurious falsehood’ against the executives of the APC in Yamaltu/Deba LGA chapter of the party on his personal facebook page.

Counsel to the state, Ramatu Ibrahim Hassan, who read the police FIR, said the accused intend to harm the reputation of the ward executives with the said post by alleging that 80 per cent of them have ‘abdicated’ their position.

According to her, “Yayari has committed offenses of injurious falsehood and inciting disturbance which contradicted Sections 393 and 114 of the Penal Code Law.”
The accused person however pleaded not guilty to the charges as contained in the FIR.

Counsels to Yayari, Barristers Sa’idu Mu’azu Kumo and A. B. El-Ibrani applied for his bail but Ramatu objected the bail saying it would be injurious to release the accused considering the nature of the case.

“As constitutionally provided we applied for the bail but the court as adjourned it till Monday for ruling. The defendant is entitled to bail, we hope the judge will look at it an exercise his discretion on it,” the counsels added.

The prosecuting counsel said her opposition to the bail was to protect the accused following the political tension in the community.

“Formerly the First Information Report (FIR), was defective, we had to apply to the police for another FIR. The defendant denied committing the alleged offence. My expectation is that by Monday, he may be granted since the offence is a bailable offence. Like I said in the court it may not augur well for him even if granted bail with his immediate community,” Hassan said.

The presiding Chief Magistrate, Mohammed Sulaiman Kumo adjourned the case to December 6 to rule on the bail application and ordered that the accused be remanded in police custody.

Kumo said both counsels pleas have given him cause for worry because “Counsels are too passionate about granting bail and otherwise, so much so that I will adjourn this matter to Monday the 6th day of December for ruling.”


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