Pharmacist, Solomon Akuma, who is an intern with NAFDAC Abuja is currently in detention of the Nigeria Police Force and has spent more than six months in custody for allegedly making a twitter post against President Muhammadu Buhari and his late Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari.
The Pharmacist was arrested as a result of his comment on twitter in response to a Twitter post asking “if $1m hits your account, your next move?”
His response to the above tweets reads “pay a Russian sniper to eliminate Buhari and Kyari”. This singular acts landed the pharmacist in detention for almost three months without a court order or trial until he was eventually arraigned at the Federal High Court for charges bordering on sedition, criminal intimidation of the President, terrorism and threat to life of the Nigerian President.
The court denied his bail application, thereby confining Akuma to detention of over 150 days and still counting. The next adjourned date for his trial is October 7, 2020.
Similarly, Lawyers in some quarters have described the charges of “terrorism, sedition, criminal intimidation of the President, and threat to life of the President” against Akuma as baseless.
The pharmacist’s detention for close to three months without a court order contravenes the provisions of the Nigerian constitution.