Aisha Buhari, the President’s wife, has withdrawn the case against Aminu Mohammed, a final-year student at the Federal University of Dutse.
Muhammad, from Azare in Bauchi state, was arrested by police for allegedly mocking Mrs Buhari in a tweet. On November 18, he was arrested at his varsity.
His arrest sparked conflicting reactions, with the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) apologizing to Mrs Buhari for the tweet.
The tweet, posted on June 8, reads: “Su mama anchi kudin talkawa ankoshi.” Muhammad’s tweet, accompanied by a photo of Aisha, loosely translates as “Mama has eaten poor people’s money and is now full”.
He was arraigned in Maitama before Justice Yusuf Halilu of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, where he pleaded not guilty and was remanded at Suleja prison in Niger State.
Aminu was charged with cybercrime, cybersquatting, forgery, conspiracy, and criminal breach of trust.
However, the prosecution counsel, Fidelis Ogbobe, stated on Friday that the First Lady, as the nation’s mother, decided to withdraw the case after the intervention of well-meaning Nigerians.
He moved the application for case withdrawal under Section 108 subsection 2(a) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.
In his decision, Justice Halilu praised Mrs Buhari for taking brave steps to forgive the accused.
He urged parents to monitor their children in order to prevent recurrence constantly. Kabiru Shehu, Aminu’s guardian, confirmed the news.
He stated that Aminu was in Aso Villa in Abuja at the time of the report. Aminu’s lawyer, Mr Agu, also confirmed that the President’s wife has dropped the case against the student.