Police charge APC chieftain for ‘abusing governor on social media’

A Nigerian politician has been charged by the police in Niger State with criminal conspiracy after lashing out at the state governor for alleged corruption and neglect of local roads.

Abubakar Katcha was arraigned before the Chief Magistrate’s Court in Minna, central Nigeria, on Wednesday afternoon.

He was granted N500,000 bail after spending one night in police custody following a petition from Governor Sani Bello’s chief of staff, Ibrahim Balarabe.

In a first information complaint filed against Mr Katcha by the police and obtained by PREMIUM TIMES, the politician was accused of conspiring with another man to post statements on social media that could “incite public interest” in the affairs of the state.

The police said Mr Katcha accused the governor of “fraudulently…

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