22 Days In Prison: Blogger Arrested By Kastina Governor Release On Bail

A Nigerian blogger, Jamil Mabai, who was detained by the Police for a post on his blog, has been granted bail in the sum of N60,000, 22 days after.

Mr Mabai was picked up on September 19 after he criticised the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, for buying coffins with public funds despite owing workers salaries.

Governor Masari had allegedly bought about 3000 coffins at the cost of N40,000 each, an issue that had attracted public discuss.

Two other bloggers, Bashir Dauda and Umar Faruq, allegedly for writing about the story with the intent to cause civil disturbance and expose Mr. Masari to public ridicule.

The duo were, however, released after about a week in detention.

On Wednesday, Mr. Mabai was granted bail by Justice Maikaita Bako of the Katsina State High Court, after spending time at the central prison in Katsina.

According to Mabai’s lawyer, Job Israel, the blogger was to be freed later on Wednesday having met the bail conditions.

“We are just trying to fulfil the bail condition now but it is a very light one. He just needs a single surety and the bail bond is sum of N60,000.

“That is if he jumps bail, the surety will have to pay N60,000,” he said.
He said his client still expects the state ministry of justice to file charges before a competent court after a magistrate court declined jurisdiction.

“It could be one or two weeks or even months because it is a High Court that just granted him bail based on the applications we filed.

“But for now he will be on bail that is the greatest relief,” Mr. Israel said.

Jamil Mabai is a known critic of the Katsina administration led by Aminu Masari on his blog, Cliqq Magazine. metal-coffins

The blogger had said that by purchasing the 3000 metal coffins and sharing same to Mosques in the state, Mr. Masari was simply saying “Katsina people deserve to die”.

He further questioned the rationale behind buying the coffins at N40,000 each at a time the government was unable to pay civil servants’ outstanding arrears of salaries.

Meanwhile, the police said they arrested the critic based on a complaint by the state government.

I Will Not Discriminate Against Any Section Of The Country – Buhari

Despite perceived lopsidedness in his appointments, President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday promised that under his watch, no section of the country would either be discriminated against or marginalised.

Buhari made the promise at the palace of the Emir of Daura, Katsina State, Dr. Farouk Farouk, where he was hosted to the breaking of the Ramadan fast, Iftar.

The President spoke at a time when he is under fire by groups from the southern part of the country over what they described as “lopsided” appointments of heads of the various security agencies in the country.

They said the pattern of the appointments by the President did not reflect federal character and the diverse nature of the country.

Fourteen of the nation’s 17 security agencies, majority of whom were appointed by Buhari, are currently being headed by northerners with only three security agencies headed by southerners.

But Buhari, who addressed his kinsmen in Hausa after the Iftar, said issues and situations would be considered objectively.

He said no action would be taken for or against any section of the country on the basis of prejudice.

“Under my watch, no section of the country would either be discriminated against or marginalised,” the President told his kinsmen who trooped out to welcome him.

He assured Nigerians that he would remain honest, fair and just in steering the ship of the country towards prosperity.

He called for support and understanding of Nigerians as he strived to rebuild the country fairly, honestly and responsibly.

The Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, and the Emir took turn to note that with Buhari’s honesty and integrity, Nigeria was not only in safe hands but destined for prosperity.

They described the fight against corruption and the renewed focus on agriculture and solid minerals development as critical to the survival and development of the country.

Buhari who left Abuja for his home town, Daura, on Friday for a private visit is due back in Abuja on Monday.