23.2 C
Abuja

Atheist Mubarak Bala sentenced to 24 years imprisonment for blasphemy

Advertisement

Related

Advertisement
Advertisement

MUBARAK Bala, a self-acclaimed atheist has been sentenced to 24 years imprisonment for blasphemy.

Bala, President of the Humanist Association of Nigeria, was sentenced at the Kano High Court on Monday.

He pleaded guilty to an 18-count charge bordering on incitement and breach of public peace levelled against him.


READ ALSO:

Sharia court ruling on blasphemy stokes controversy among Islamic scholars

Is terrorism here for the long haul?

Counselling combats mental, sexual related challenges on Nigerian campuses- experts

- Advertisement -

Kano court orders retrial of musician sentenced to death for blasphemy


Bala was arrested at his home in Kaduna in 2020 following a petition by a lawyer, S.S Umar.

He was subsequently taken to Kano, where complaints of blasphemy and incitement were lodged against him.

He was accused of making outrageous and provoking social media posts against Islam, Allah and Prophet Muhammad on Facebook.

Before his sentence, the presiding judge Farouk Lawan had asked Bala if he knew the implications of his guilty plea, to which the he responded affirmatively.

He, however, told the court that the intent of his social media posts was not to cause violence.

He promised not to repeat the blasphemous posts in future.

- Advertisement -

However, Bala’s lawyer, James Ibor, who had earlier pleaded with him to reconsider his position, told the court that his client pleaded guilty to the charges out of fear and frustration.

An Abuja Federal High Court had earlier ruled against the arrest and detention of Bala in 2020.

The court, in its judgment on a fundamental right enforcement suit judgement delivered by Justice Inyang Ekwo, declared that Bala’s detention was illegal and ordered his immediate release.

The court also ruled that the denial of his ability to choose his own legal representation constituted gross infringements of his rights to personal liberty, fair hearing, freedom of thought, expression and movement.

It awarded damages of N250,000 damages in his favour.

But the judgment has been ignored by the authorities.

Author profile

You can reach out to me on Twitter via: vincent_ufuoma

Support the ICIR

We invite you to support us to continue the work we do.

Your support will strengthen journalism in Nigeria and help sustain our democracy.

[molongui_author_box]

If you or someone you know has a lead, tip or personal experience about this report, our WhatsApp line is open and confidential for a conversation

Advertisement

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Support the ICIR

We need your support to produce excellent journalism at all times.

Advertisement

Recent

2023: Amid failing health speculation, Tinubu posts 7-second workout video

THE Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has posted...

Buhari to confer national honours on Chimamanda Adichie, 436 others

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari will confer the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) national honour...

Nigeria will be safer before end of Buhari’s tenure – chief of staff

IBRAHIM Gambari, chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, has promised that Nigeria would...

Police arrest two for illegal possession of firearms in Lagos

THE Lagos State Police Command has arrested two persons for illegal possession of firearms...
Advertisement

Most Read

Advertisement

Subscribe to our newsletter

Advertisement