Bala Hassan, a 25-year-old Adamawa State resident, was sentenced to two years in prison for allegedly referring to police officers as thieves.
After convicting him for the crime, the Yola Criminal Area Court 2 handed him the sentence on Tuesday.
The State Commissioner of Police, Adamu Alhaji, had previously brought Bala Hassan before the court presided over by Hon. Nuhu Garta for allegedly saying that all police officers assigned to the Jimeta Police Division were thieves.
Bala claimed he would sooner die than join the Nigeria Police Force because police officers are criminals, according to the First Information Report (FIR) filed in court by Inspector Danjuma Hamidu.
Bala was detained in Yola on Monday during a crime prevention patrol led by Inspector Ishaya Buba of the Jimeta Police Division and accused with having dried leaves suspected to be indian hemp, according to court documents.
He was unable to give a satisfactory account of himself, according to the police, and when taken to the Divisional headquarters for further inquiry, he cursed the officers, stating they were all thieves.
Bala admitted dubbing police officers thieves in court on Tuesday, prompting the prosecutor, Inspector Danjuma Hamidu, to request a summary trial of the defendant.
Bala was sentenced to two years in prison by Hon Nuhu Musa Garta, although he was given the option of paying a N50,000 fine instead.