Ibrahim Wala, more popularly known as IG Wala has been dealt a 7-year prison sentence for ‘falsely’ accusing a public official of corruption.
Justice Halilu of the Federal High Court Abuja sentenced Wala to jail on Wednesday after being found of falsely accusing the head of a pilgrims commission, and leading a protest against the official.
He was found guilty of three of the four charges filed against him by the Police IG and Attorney General of the Federation.
The charges Wala was found guilty of were; unlawful assembly, public incitement and criminal defamation of character.
Chairman of the National Hajj Commission, Abdullahi Mukhtar accused the activist of using his Facebook page against him, and inciting the public to protest against his leadership. He was also accused of defaming his integrity and the commission he heads. This led him to filing a petition against Wala.
The judge, ruling on the the charge of unlawful assembly, Wala was found guilty of using his organisation, the Citizens Action To Take Back Nigeria (CATBAN), to form an unlawful assembly. The judge ruled that the organisation was an unregistered one and added that the prosecution “has been able to establish the offence of making an unlawful assembly.” He bagged a 7-year sentence for this.
The presiding judge also found Wala guilty of public incitement, and said that was a contravention of section 114 of the Penal Code. He was sentenced to jail for three years for this.
The judge also called on the activist to provide documents that showed the NAHCON head looted N3billion as posted on his Facebook page. He was accused of criminal defamation of character for this and bagged a two-year prison sentence.
“Where is the document proving N3 billion made by chairman hajj commission?
“Why has the accused person failed to tender such document now that he has been dragged before a court of law?” the judge asked.
The judge said Wala will serve the jail terms concurrently and will serve at the Suleja prison.