PHOTO: Meet Ex-Kaduna Lecturer Who Is In Prison For Criticizing Governor El-Rufai On Facebook
A former lecturer in the department of political science, Kaduna State University, Dr. John Danfulani, has been remanded in the Kaduna Prison for criticizing the administrative style of Malam Nasir El-Rufai on Facebook.
The Kaduna State Government (KDSG) had dragged Danfulani to a State High Court on allegation that he made “an inciting” social media update on 28th December 2015.
KDSG didn’t appeal the decision of the Chief Magistrate that sat on the same allegations where Mr. Danfulani came out victorious, but the state govt tabled same allegations (as a fresh case) in the High Court.
The renowned Political Activist was on Wednesday morning (10am of 26/10/2916) arranged before a High Court Judge in Suite B4 High Court 14 Ibrahim Taiwo Road, Kaduna.
The former lecturer had won at a lower court when charged by the State Government over a Facebook post criticizing the administration of Governor Nasir El-rufai.
He was earlier arraigned in January 2016 before a Magistrate Court by the State’s Commissioner of Police. He spent six days in prison before his bail application could be heard, the case which was later struck out for no locus standi upon hearing.
Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Ministry of Justice filed a fresh case against him at the State High Court, before Justice Bilkisu Mohammed on Wednesday.
In the ‘Notice to Prefer a Charge’, signed by both Bayero Dari and Abdullahi Isiaka for the Ministry of Justice, the state said that the alleged criminal charges against Danfulani falls under section 417 and 418 of the Penal Code Law.
They went ahead to state that the alleged Facebook post he made on 28th December 2015 where he talked about fuel scarcity, high foreign exchange and a high number of out of school children in the north, sought to excite hatred and contempt against the people of Nigeria.
Danfulani pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to him. But the Judge said he should be remanded in prison till the 7th of November, 2016 when she will be back from a ‘seminar’ to listen to the bail application.
Speaking to newsmen at the court premises on Wednesday before being taken to prison, Danfulani said he is being persecuted for simply criticizing the activities of both the state and federal government. He added that the constitution of the federal government gives him the right to freely express his opinion on issues of governance that he is not comfortable with.
The bail application comes up for hearing on 7th November 2016.
Kaduna News Online