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.