A critic of the Kano State governor, who was once a commissioner of works, Eng. Muaz Magaji was granted bail today by a magistrate’s court in Kano State.
Recall that Mr. Magaji was charged with defamation of character, malicious insult, harmful untruth, and instigating a riot against the governor.
However, sections 392, 399, and 114 of the Administration of Criminal Justice of Kano State 1999 were violated by the charges, to which he pleaded not guilty on Monday.
In a ruling on his bail application on Friday, Magistrate Aminu Gabari approved the accused’s petitions by giving him bail in the sum of N1 million with two sureties.
The court stipulated that one of the sureties must be the village head of Sarauniya, while the other must be either the Hisbah Commander or the Chief Imam of the state’s Dawakin Tofa Local Government Area.
The court also requested that Mr. Eng. Muaz Magaji presents his international passport, as well as the passport images of the two sureties.
Mr. Gabari also stated that, as part of the bail conditions, the court’s registry would pay a visit to the sureties’ dwellings.
As a result, he postponed the matter until March 2 for additional consideration.