Just in: Court grants bail to Muaz Magaji 


 By Ismail Auwal

Muaz Magaji, the state’s former commissioner of works, has been granted bail by a Kano magistrate court.

The accused’s prayers were granted on Friday by Presiding Magistrate Aminu Gabari, who granted him bail in the sum of N1 million with two sureties.

According to the court, one of the sureties must be the village head of Sarauniya, and the other must be either Hisbah Commander or the Chief Imam of Kano State’s Dawakin Tofa Local Government Area.

The court also asked Magaji to submit his international passports, and the two sureties to provide passport photos to the court.

Gabari also stated that as part of the bail conditions, the registry of the court will pay a visit to the sureties’ residences.

As a result, he postponed the case until March 2 for further consideration.

Magaji, a critic of the state governor, is facing four counts of defamation of character, intentional insult, injurious falsehood, and inciting disturbance against Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

The charges, to which he pleaded not guilty on Monday, violated Sections 392, 399, and 114 of Kano State’s Administration of Criminal Justice 1999.

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