Islamic cleric arrested in Sokoto for criticising Governor El-Rufai
- While other Muslims prepare to celebrate Eid-el-Fitr, an Islamic scholar is cooling his heels in custody
- Based in Sokoto, Malam Bello Yabo got in the bad books of Governor El-Rufai after making disparaging comments against him
- Yabo was arrested at his residence in Sokoto and taken to Kaduna where he will be charged
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The police have reportedly arrested a Sokoto based Islamic scholar, Malam Bello Yabo, for allegedly making disparaging remarks against the Governor of Kaduna state, Malam Nasir El-Rufai.
Daily Trust reports that the scholar was arrested on Friday, May 22, at about 4pm and taken to Kaduna to face charges.
Malam Abdullahi Abubakar Yabo who claimed to be the scholar's nephew told Daily Trust that he was taken away by some plain-clothed policemen who came to his residence while they were saying their Asr prayer.
The nephew disclosed that immediately after the prayer, Yabo was called aside and showed a paper which turned out to be a warrant of arrest issued by a magistrate court in Kaduna.
He said: “After reading the paper, Malam did not utter a word, he just moved into his house, came back and entered their vehicle.
“It was after they left that he called and notified us about the arrest, that the Attorney General of Kaduna state had written a petition against him over his recent remarks against their governor.”
According to Abdullahi, Yabo informed them that he would be taken to court after the Sallah break.
Yabo in a video clip believed to be recorded in one of his Ramadan preachings condemned Governor El-Rufai and scholars of Kaduna state for the continuous ban on religious gathering in the state.
He was also said to have criticised the Kaduna state council of Ulamah for allowing what he described as a ‘small bird’, referring to El-Rufai to be dictating to them.
The spokesman of the Sokoto state police command, ASP Muhammad Sadiq, could not be reached at the time of filing this report. However, an officer privy to the arrest, said it was carried out by men of the Kaduna police command with the support of the Sokoto command.
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Yabo has always courted controversy as this is not the first time he will be facing the wrath of a sitting governor. He was arrested and detained during Governor Attahiru Bafatawa’s tenure in Sokoto state over a similar offence.
In another report, Governor El-Rufai warned health workers in Kaduna state against going on strike. According to him, anyone who goes ahead with the planned strike will lose his or her job.
The Kaduna state government announced that it would not bow to what it described as “naked blackmail.”
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