A Chief Magistrate Court IV sitting in Yola, presided by Magistrate Dimas Elishama, has found Youth Leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Hong Local Government Area of Adamawa, Ikamu Hamidu Kato, guilty of using insulting and abusive words on President Muhammadu Buhari, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, and inciting public disturbance.
The court therefore sentenced him to two years in jail for the offences.
Kato was sentenced to one year jail term on each of the offences with an option of N25,000 fine on each offense.
The presiding judge said the court had considered the remorseful mien of the convict and his plea for mercies.
The judge said despite his show of remorse and plea for mercies, the court has to convict him to serve as deterrent to others.
Earlier, the 41-year-old convict pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy by convicting him with an option of fine because he is a family man and has orphans under him.
The youth leader had in the footage described Buhari and Boss Mustapha as useless human beings and specifically called SGF a bastard and a dog in a video he posted on social media on the 10th July, 2021, which went viral.
He was later invited, investigated and arraigned before the court by the Department of State Security (DSS) through the office of the Attorney General and Commissioner Ministry for Justice in the state for prosecution on Friday last week.
Upon his arraignment before the court on Friday last week, the convict pleaded guilty when the charge sheet was read and explained to him.
The court then adjourned the matter to Monday the 2nd August, 2021 to enable the complainant call witnesses and tender exhibits in order to corroborate the plea of the defendant following an application by counsel to the complainant, M.A. Adamu.
During court sitting on Monday, M. A. Adamu, assembled 2 witnesses including Operative of the DSS, Zayyanu Adamu and Chairman Adamawa State Concern Citizens, Husseini Gambo Nakura who testified and tendered confessional statement of the defendant and flash drive.
To show its disapproval of the embattled youth leader action, the PDP in Hong has suspended him, saying it would not allow such level of indiscipline by its members even against leaders of the opposition political parties.