News Analysis: Should activist IG Wala have been jailed?

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Ibrahim Garba Wala: jailed for ‘criminal defamation’

On Tuesday in Abuja Justice Yusuf Halilu of the Federal High Court jailed anti-corruption and human rights activist Ibrahim Garba Wala, also known as IG Wala for ‘criminal defamation’ and organising an unlawful assembly.

Wala bagged a 12-year prison sentence without an option of fine, although he will only spend 7 years, if he loses his appeal.

The activist was convicted over a corruption allegation against the Executive Chairman of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria( NAHCON), Malam Abdullahi Muhammad on April 4.

Muhammad alleged that Wala used his Facebook page to incite the public against him and defame him and NAHCON.

Delivering the judgement, Justice Yusuf Halilu found Wala guilty on three of the four-count charge filed against him by Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami(SAN).

Is there still criminal defamation or libel in our statute?

Human rights lawyer, and senior advocate of…



Source: News Agency of Nigeria