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Audu Maikori Arraigned, Granted Bail

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Three days after he was arrested and detained by the police, Audu Maokori, the man who posted what turned out to be fake news on Southern Kaduna crisis, was on Monday arraigned at a Magistrate court in Kaduna.

He was however granted bail and the court adjourned the case till May 24 for further hearing.

Maikori’s lawyer and associate, John Danfulani, said the Chocolate City owner was granted bail on “very liberal terms” after he was arraigned on Monday.

According to Danfulani, his client was taken to court by police officers and the Director of Public Prosecution in Kaduna State, Dari Bayero.

Maikori was charged by the Kaduna State Government with incitement to violence over the false story he shared via his tweeter handle, claiming that Fulani herdsmen attacked and killed five students of the Kaduna State College of Education, Gidan Waya.

He later retracted the claims and apologized but was later arrested by the police on the promptings of the Kaduna State government.

The lawyer turned entrepreneur was later released and then rearrested last Friday and detained at a police facility in Kaduna, though the police denied being behind his incarceration.

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Danfulani said Maikori was charged under Section 24 of the Cybercrime Act.

The controversial Cybercrime Act was signed into law by former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015.

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