Court remands applicant for allegedly insulting IPO

A 27-year-old applicant, Maria John, was on Friday remanded in Keffi Prison for allegedly insulting one Sgt. Aisha Idris, an Investigating Police Officer(IPO), attached to Divisional Police Headquarters, Masaka, Nasarawa State.

John, who resides at Akwanya village, Masaka, is facing a three-count charge of criminal intimidation, intentional insult and defamation of character.

The prosecutor, Mr Frank Seem, told the court that on July 12, at about 11.00a.m., the accused while in police custody, started insulting the IPO without any provocation.

Swem said the accused called her all kinds of names, like evil woman, wicked person etc, adding that she would die premature death and she would never see good things in life.

The prosecutor said that the act of the accused contravened Sections 397, 399 and 392 of the Penal Code.

The accused, however, denied the allegations levelled against her, saying she never insulted Idris.

John’s counsel, Mr J.B. Ahmed, prayed the court to grant his client bail in liberal term, adding that she would not jump bail.

The prosecutor opposed the oral bail application, saying that the IPO that she insulted is not a troublesome person.

“My lord, the officer in question always spends her money investigating cases, and buys food for suspects.

“This is a public servant that was on duty, if you grant her bail, another person will definitely repeat such act,” Swem said.

The Magistrate, Yakubu Ishaku, ordered that the defendant should bring a formal bail application and ordered that the accused be remanded in Keffi Prison until a formal application is made.
The case was adjourned until Aug.15 for hearing.

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