The criminal defamation suit instituted by the Federal government against Ibrahim Garba Wala over alleged criminal defamation of NAHCON resumed on Thursday 19th April at FCT High Court 32 Jabi Abuja.
The presiding Judge, Justice Haliru had earlier ruled against the preliminary application filed by the Defence lawyer arguing that the nominal complainer (NAHCON Chairman) had earlier filed a civil suit at Federal High Court against his client (IBRAHIM GARBA WALA) and therefore cannot institute another case on. same subject matter.
Dismissing the objection, the judge argued that civil case and criminal case can be instituted on same case concurrently and therefore that the case will proceed.
However, an IT consultant Yusuf Adams engaged by the Police told to analyse the publications told the Court that the defendant (IG Wala) has started tampering with the profile of his Facebook page which he used to published the said defaming publication against NAHCON and NAHCON Chairman. He gives tip by tip analysis of the publications made by IG Wala likes the comments, those who share it, those who likes the publications and numbers of people that read it.
The Chairman of NAHCON Barr Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammed who is appearing in the court for the first time, answered to allegations made by IG WALA on page by page basis and told the Court that he has never been found wanting by any Court of Law throughout his 25 years career in the field of hajj management. On the contrary, he told the Court that the late President Umar Musa Yar adua honoured him with MON solely because of his achievement in the field of hajj operations.
During cross examination, Counsel to IG WALA asked the IT expert whether Facebook page can be hacked or not- insinuating that the video, screengrab evidence brought against his client is not might not be his publications thereby indirectly denying that IG WALA had not publish anything against NAHCON Chairman or NAHCON.
The prosecuting counsel, Barr Labaran told hajj reporters after the court session that they are quite surprised that IG Wala lawyer are trying to toe the line of denial despite huge evidence brought to the Court and initial statement made to the police by IG WALA in presence of his Lawyer that he uses his Facebook page to fight corruption.
The case has been adjourned to 15 and 16t of May 2018 for further hearing