Mother, Son Land In court Over Text Message

A mother, Theresa Idris, and her son, Abdulhameed, were arraigned by the police on Monday in a Wuse Zone 2 Senior Magistrates’ Court, Abuja for assault and criminal intimidation.

According to police prosecutor, Sgt. Abdullahi Adamu, Theresa, 51, and Abduhameed, 30, who live at Block 16, Flat 95, CBN Quarters, Abuja, allegedly assaulted and intimidated the complainant through series of text messages.

Sgt. Adamu told the court that on May 21, at about 4:30 a.m., one Mr Abu Idris of No. 26, Contonou Crescent, Wuse Zone 6, lodged a report at the police station.

He stated further that the accused had been threatening the complainant and his family with series of text messages between October and May this year.


The prosecutor informed the court that the offences contravened sections 263 and 397 of the Penal Code.

It was gathered that the accused persons, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, if convicted, could be punished with a term which might extend to two years or fine.

The prosecutor prayed the court to grant him a date to open the case against the accused.

The counsel for the accused, Mr Bernard Afu, prayed the court to grant his clients bail in liberal term for the matter was a family affair.

Afu further informed the court that the complainant was husband to the second accused and father to the first accused.

The Magistrate, Ms Binta Dogonyaro, granted the accused bail for N20,000 and a surety each, adding that the surety must have a reliable means of livelihood and be resident within the court’s jurisdiction, with traceable address.

The magistrate adjourned the matter until July 21 for hearing. 

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