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Lecturer in prison for criticising Gov El-Rufai on Facebook

John Danfulani, a former lecturer at the Kaduna state university has been remanded in prison for criticising the administrative style of Governor Nasir El Rufai.

The former political science lecturer has been embroiled in a battle with the state government over comments he made on Facebook in December 2015 indicating his displeasure with the government he campaigned for.

He was arraigned on January 2016 before a Magistrate Court by the State’s Commissioner of Police and he spent six days in prison before his bail application could be heard, but the case was subsequently struck out for lack of merit when it came up for hearing.

He later on resigned from his job, citing harassment from authorities.

However, on Wednesday, the Kaduna State Ministry of Justice filed a fresh case against him at the State High Court, before Justice Bilkisu Mohammed, signed by both Bayero Dari and Abdullahi Isiaka.

They said the criminal charges against Dr. Danfulani fell under section 417 and 418 of the Penal Code and alleged that the post he made 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.

Dr. 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 would be back from a ‘seminar’ to listen to the bail application.

(Daily Post)

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