Breaking: Kano-Born Atheist On Blasphemy Charges Bags 24 Years Imprisonment

Kano State High Court has sentenced Mubarak Bala, the President of the Humanist Association of Nigeria to 24 years imprisonment after pleading guilty to all the 18-count charges leveled against him.

WikkiTimes recalled that Bala was arrested at his home in Kaduna on April 28, 2020 and taken to Kano, where complaints of blasphemy and incitement were lodged against him.

His earlier ante Islamic post comments on Facebook which many Muslims described as blasphemous against Allah (SWT) and the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) caused outrage among Muslims since then.

Appearing before Justice Farouk Lawan of Kano High Court 4, Audu Bako Secretariat today Tuesday, Bala pleaded guilty to all the charges.

When asked whether he knows the consequences of his guilty plea, he insisted on not changing his initial plea.

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Counsel to Bala, James Ibori, had earlier tried to persuade his client to change his plea, but he insisted that he was guilty of charges.

Mr Ibor however cited frustration and fear as reasons for his client’s guilty plea, saying his client had been in prison for two years.

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But Bala, raised his hand and told the court that he was guilty as charged, however, said the intent of his social media posts was not to cause violence and promised not to repeat the blasphemous posts in the future.

Passing the sentence, Justice Lawan sentenced him to 24 years imprisonment.


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