Tukur Mamu: Court Fixes September 12 For Arraignment


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September 10, 2013   //


The trial of Malam Tukur Mamu, publisher of Desert Herald newspaper, hit another snag yesterday after the trial judge accepted the prosecutor’s adjournment request even before the police brought the defendant before the Abuja Magistrate Court in Wuse 2.
The case was adjourned to September 19 based on the prosecutor’s request but was later changed to Thursday, September 12, following a written application by Mamu’s lawyer. According to the defendant’s counsel, his application for bail will possibly be considered that same day.
Tukur, who collapsed during his trial over a case of defamation of character brought against him by Senator Bala Mohammed, the minister of the Federal Capital Territory, was unavailable for comments as he was still recuperating at the Wuse 2 General Hospital. His brother, however, confirmed the new development via a phone chat with a LEADERSHIP correspondent.
In an earlier chat, the publisher had stated that he had a well-documented medical history of thyroid disease that required him to undergo regular check-ups with his doctors in Saudi Arabia. According to him, he is due for surgery in two weeks and plans to keep his doctor’s appointment once his bail has been pushed through.
Mamu, who was arrested last week in his office in Kaduna, has been brought up on charges against the FCT minister and one Ibrahim Bamoi.
Meanwhile, the Civil Rights Congress has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to wade into the matter with a view to taming the excesses of FCT minister Bala Mohammed.
The secretary-general of the group, Comrade Nasir Abbas, in a statement said: “It has become imperative that well-meaning Nigerians should come out of their shells and begin to talk openly on the brazen harassment of the media in Nigeria with a …

Source: Desert Herald


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