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Kogi Man Fined, Jailed For Making False Post About COVID-19 On Facebook

Kogi Man Fined, Jailed For Making False Post About COVID-19 On Facebook

A Nigerian man has been jailed for posting a false info on Facebook about COVID-19.

Habibi Rabiu was sentenced to 2 months in a custodial centre for posting false info on his Facebook web page.

The Department of State Services arrested Rabiu and charged him to courtroom over a put up titled, “The rate at which fever is killing people in Kogi State is alarming.”

He was granted bail after being arraigned on expenses bordering on “false information capable of causing panic or inflicting injuries in the society.”

The put up was reportedly made throughout the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown within the nation.

At the resumed listening to on Tuesday, the prosecuting counsel, Mr M. A. Abaji, argued that the defendant acted opposite to Section 393 of the Kogi State Penal Code by intimidating individuals, creating concern and inciting individuals towards the state authorities by means of his assertion on Facebook.

Abaji acknowledged that the defendant additionally raised a false alarm on the speed of dying amid the pandemic in 2020.

He identified additional that the state epidemiologist, who was invited to testify to establish Rabiu’s claims, famous that as of the time the defendant made the put up on social media, the dying charge within the state was regular.

The defence counsel, E .A. Iwu, argued that the defendant acted primarily based on emotion after his sister, who was recognized with malaria fever, died within the state.

The presiding Justice of the Peace, Chief Magistrate A.A. Agatha, in her judgement, sentenced the defendant to 2 months’ imprisonment with no tremendous choice along with cost of N5,000 as stipulated by the regulation.

The convict was mentioned to have paid the cash earlier than he was moved to a custodial centre.

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