Student Released After Apologizing to Nigerian President’s Wife for Defamatory Tweet

Friday, nigerian university student aminu adamu mohammed was released after being arrested and detained for more than two weeks for allegedly defaming president muhammadu buhari’s wife on twitter. charges against him were dropped on “compassionate grounds”. mohammed denied spreading “false” information and denied defaming aisha buhari in a tweet. he apologised to mrs buhari and thanked her for forgiving him.

Arrest and subsequent charge against the student sparked outrage in nigeria and happened on friday. it occurred in the northern state of jigawa, where mohammed is studying environmental management at the federal university in dutse. he is due to start his final exams on monday.

Incident happened when mohammed allegedly spread false information about the first lady on twitter. he was arrested and detained for more than two weeks, and amnesty international claimed he was subjected to “torture” and other forms of “ill-treatment”. nigerian authorities have not yet commented on these allegations. after his release, mohammed apologised to mrs buhari and promised to “change for the better”. his apology sparked controversy on social media in nigeria, with many users saying the first lady should apologize to him instead because of the way he was treated.

By Evey Lovelace

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