The Katsina State Police Command has arrested a 39-year-old man, Ahmed Abdulmumini, for alleged cyber-stalking a governor's aide.

According to the police, Abdulmumini’s arrest followed a complaint by Governor Aminu Masari’s Special Adviser on Domestic Affairs, Alhaji Ibrahim Umar.

Aminu Masari

Punch reports that Umar allegedly told the police that the suspect made derogatory remarks about him via email.

He claimed that he saw the offensive message while going through various goodwill messages sent to him by people on his 55th birthday on October 25, 2021.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Gambo Isah, who confirmed the incident on Tuesday, said the police traced the offensive mail to Abdulmumini.

“Abdulmumini was consequently arrested; he confessed during interrogation to have sent the e-mail. He has committed an offence under Section 24 (1) A & B of the Cybercrime Act, 2015,” he added.

The suspect, who was paraded at the police command headquarters, Katsina, on Tuesday, said he never meant to insult the governor’s aide with the message.

He said in Hausa, “It is true I sent the email to him, but my intention was not to deride or defame him.”

Meanwhile, a 37-year-old man, Abdulkarim Muktar, was also arrested on Monday, on the Katsina-Jibia Road with 5,000 litres of fuel which was concealed in two polythene bags; the polythene bags were hidden in a travelling bag.

The suspect was reported to be taking the fuel to bandits inside the forest.

The police spokesman said Muktar would be charged to court at the completion of investigation.

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