May 26, (THEWILL) – An Upper court in Zuba, Abuja, has stopped the order for the rearrest of Hauwa Muhammad, aka Jaruma.
The police had arrested and charged Jaruma with false publication, intimidation and defamation of character after a petition was submitted by Ned Nwoko, actress Regina Daniels’ husband.
She was arraigned in January, while the court granted her bail after she had spent four days in prison.
When the hearing resumed in February, she was not in court, thereby stalling the trial.
Ismailia Abdullahi, the judge revoked her bail and ordered the rearrest of Jaruma over her absence.
The court accused her of shunning the court despite being aware of the date of the hearing.
Jaruma had appealed to the court through her counsel, Odiba James.
During a hearing of the case on Wednesday, her lawyer apologised for her absence in court.
He argued that her absence was due to her ill health and was not deliberate.
He assured the court that his client will be of good conduct and not jump bail as feared in some quarters.
The prosecution counsel opposed the application, arguing that approving such would amount to sacrilege to the sanctity of the court.
Buttressing his argument, the prosecution counsel cited Jaruma’s comment on social media amid the trial.
In his ruling, Abdullahi upheld Jaruma’s application. The judge also held that she should not be denied her application as a punishment since she has presented herself in court.
He, therefore, vacated the earlier order of re-arrest, but the social media order that she should not make any publication still stands and she should not disrespect the court order.