A court sitting in Katsina State on Tuesday sentenced Lawal Izala, the 70-year-old man who was arrested for inciting disobedience to civil authorities and disrespect to authorities through demeaning utterances, to 18 months imprisonment.

WITHIN NIGERIA had earlier reported that Izala was arrested last week for allegedly insulting President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Aminu Masari.

The septuagenarian and two others were arraigned for inciting disobedience to civil authorities and disrespect to authorities through demeaning utterances.

According to SR, the Katsina court found Izala guilty of two count charges of inciting violence and disrespect for civil authorities, and was sentenced to six months jail term for the first charge and one year for the other charge.

He was however, given the option of ₦10,000 fine for the first charge and N20,000 for the second offence.

Speaking with journalists, Izala said he spoke out of anger when he visited his village and found out that bandits had killed his family members and rustled 15 of his cows.

The 70-year-old has now been released after some people in the state paid the N30,000 fine on his behalf.