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Two Wazobia FM journalists granted bail over alleged inciting comments


Two Wazobia FM journalists granted bail over alleged inciting comments

by Dare Lawal

Yakubu Musa Fage, Mubarak Muhammed and Abubakar Rabo have been granted bail by Kano Magistrate Court 7. The former two are staff of Wazobia FM in Kano, and the latter is the former director-general of the Kano state Censorship Board.

They were arrested for allegedly inciting Islamists who went ahead and killed nine health workers in Angwar Uku and Hotoro on Friday. The inciting statement was allegedly made on Hausa Programme Sandar Girma two days before the nine female workers administering the polio immunization vaccines were killed in separate attacked.

The Kano Police commissioner, Ibrahim Idris, had said at the time that it was “grossly irresponsible” journalism. They had allegedly said on air that polio immunization was an anti-Islam western conspiracy to cause infertility in Northern women.

The presiding judge, Justice Ibrahim Bello in his ruling stated that having observed several provisions of the constitution which gives automatic bail to an offence that does not exceed three year jail term he granted the defendants a bail with payment of N100,000 each and two sureties.

The sureties must include a community leader and a head of department with the organisation where they work.

The trio were arraigned in court on a seven count charge which includes criminal conspiracy, inciting disturbances, intentional insult among others.

While in court, they did not express any regret over the incident.

After bail was granted, the case was adjourned till the 13th of March, 2013.

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