Amnesty Demands Release Of Aminu, Arrested For Defaming The First Lady

Nigeria has detained a student with “criminal defamation” for tweeting on the physical appearance of the country’s first lady.

Aminu Adamu, born in 1998, was apprehended at his university in northern Jigawa state on November 18 and taken to Abuja, five months after his online comments criticizing the president’s wife, Aisha Buhari.

According to court records obtained by AFP, he was held after the first lady made a complaint, initiating a police investigation.

Based on the findings of that preliminary inquiry, the capital’s police commissioner filed a lawsuit against the student.

Adamu was remanded in detention at the Suleja prison outside Abuja pending a bail application, and the case was adjourned to January 30, 2023.

According to Nigeria’s penal law, he risks up to two years in prison.

According to the court records, Adamu stated on Twitter that he commented on a photo of the first lady. It was unclear if he wanted to make a joke or accuse her of corruption.

It’s not the first time a tweet has sparked outrage among the country’s political elite; the site was even halted for seven months last year.

Amnesty International has demanded that Adamu be released.