A Federal High Court sitting in Lokoja, Kogi State Wednesday fixed October 12 to begin the trial of the criminal case filed against a social crusader and blogger, Comrade Austin Usman Okai, accused of a cyber crime.
The presiding judge, Justice Ndahi Auta fixed the date in a short ruling, where it held that the activist has case to answer.
Okai had accused the state government of allegedly witch hunting him based on his stance to and criticism over alleged poor administration and failure to of the state government to pay workers’ salaries and pensioners in the state.
Justice Ndahi who held that Okai has case to answer, agreed with the prosecution on the charges filed against the social crusader.
Comrade Okai who was represented by his counsel, Jibrin Okutepa (SAN), argued and insisted that the case lacked in merit and submitted that the commencement of the trial of the social crusader was based on petition by faceless individuals and not the state government.
Okai was arrested and brought to court by the government on the ground that he incited the public to cause public disorder by placing series of instigating comments against the refusal of the state government to downsize the state workforce through endless screening and verification of workers and pensioners documents
He submitted that over the world over, social crusaders,civil society groups and freedom fighters had been the bane of democratic practices and good governance to mitigate oversight activities against the masses and the governed.
Okai who was earlier granted bail by a magistrate court and rearrested at the court premises by security agents is facing similar charges simultaneously at the magistrate court.