Critic of Niger governor sent to prison for ‘intentional insult’

A politician in Niger State has been charged and remanded in prison for purportedly directing ‘intentional insult’ at another resident of the state.

Court filings seen by PREMIUM TIMES said Abubakar Katcha was arraigned on December 24 in Minna, the state capital. His associates said he was remanded in the medium security prison in Minna because the magistrate declined to grant him bail.

He had honoured police invitation that morning, only for him to be driven to court and summarily charged for insulting a resident over the telephone.

The police invitation came days after Isah Lapeni, a resident of Minna, filed a police complaint on December 19. He alleged that Mr Katcha had called him by telephone “raining series of abuse on him.”

Mr Lapeni said he did not know why Mr…

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