By Amos Tauna, Kaduna
The Kaduna State correspondent of the Vanguard Newspaper, Mr. Luka Binniyat, was on Monday charged before a Kaduna Chief Magistrate Court 1, for allegedly fabricating injurious and falsehood publication capable of causing disturbance of public peace contrary to section 393 and 113 of the State Penal Code.
Binniyat, who was earlier invited by the Kaduna office of the Department of State Service (DSS) for questioning, drove to the office around 10am, but was briefly interrogated and later handed over to the Police who thereafter charged him to court.
According to the charge sheet, the Vanguard correspondent is alleged to be behind “a circulatory publication on newspapers and social media containing a falsehood statements capable of breaching the public peace.
“Whereby you stated that five (5) students of College of Education, Gidan Waya, Kafanchan, were ambushed and shot dead by herdsmen somewhere close to Gidan Waya, amongst other injurious statements, which you know and believed very well that it was not true. An intrigue to cause feud among the peoples living within Kaduna State, thereby committed an offense punishable under section 393 and 113 of the penal code law of Kaduna State 1991.”
The Chief Magistrate, Emmanuel Yusuf, granted Binniyat bail to the tune of N200,000 and a surety in like sum. The surety must reside within the jurisdiction of the court, covered with a Certificate of Occupancy.
The bail condition for the release of the journalist is expected to be completed on Tuesday morning.
Members of the Kaduna State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, led by its Chairman, Adamu Yusuf, were at the court premises in their hundreds to show solidarity with Binniyat.