- The accused, Mubarak Bala was said to have been arrested in his Kaduna residence in April 2020 for posting a blasphemous statement on Facebook
- An 18-count charge was leveled against him as he was being transferred to Kano for trial at the Kano high court
- Bala however maintained that his infamous post was never meant to instigate violence as he pledged not to allow a similar occurrence ever again
Bala who was facing an 18-count charge which includes posting statements that critiqued Islam, Allah, and Prophet Muhammad on social media pleaded guilty before the court.
In his statement during the court proceedings, Bala noted that his post was not meant to instigate violence, Legit.ng gathered.
He however pledged that there will be no reoccurrence of such act on his part ever again.
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Reacting to the statement of the accused, the defendant, James Ibor argued that his client had confessed due to frustration and fear.
During the court proceedings, he tried to convince his client to make a u-turn but Bala was remained unshaken with his earlier statement admitting his offense.
However, when asked by the presiding judge about the repercussion of his offense, Bala was insistent on his stance of being guilty as charged.
Prior to his arrest, the embattled Bala was said to be the president of the Humanist Association of Nigeria.
Days after posting the blasphemous statement on Facebook, he was arrested in his Kaduna residence on April 28, 2020
Ex Ganduje’s aide Yakasai defects to PRP
In another development, former media aide to the governor of Kano state, Salihu Tanko Yakassai has announced he joined the People’s Redemption Party (PRP).
Yakasai who departed from the All Progressive Congress (APC) recently defected to PRP alongside two others; Imran Jino and Ibrahim Inna.
"After prayers, counseling, and contemplation, that's why I decided to join PRP Victory party, our party of inheritance, grandparents party, the party of the masses!"
How DSS arrested Ganduje's aide Salihu Yakasai for criticizing Buhari
Recall that Yakasai was arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) for criticizing President Muhammadu Buhari.
Yakasai in a series of tweets critiqued the administration of the president for its failure to curb the incessant security problems in the country.
He reflected on the abduction of about 317 female students of Government Girls Secondary School in Jangebe, Zamfara state, and said the kidnappings had become too frequent.