Prominent Islamic Cleric Arraigned For ‘Insulting’ Emir Sanusi

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The Kano State Police Command has arraigned a renowned Islamic cleric, Shiek Nasiru Bazallah, before a Magistrate Court in the state for allegedly insulting the Emir of Kano, Mallam Lamido Sanusi.

Bazallah is being accused of attempting to use his utterances to provoke a breach of peace.

According to the prosecution, the cleric incited disturbance and attempted to defame the character of the monarch, contrary to Section 114, 392 and 399 of the penal code.

First Information Report stated that on May 8, 2017, Emir Sanusi lodged a complaint to the Kano State Commissioner of Police, alleging that the defendant, on March 20, 2017, acted in a manner which defamed the monarch’s character.

The report further alleged that the Islamic scholar gathered his adherents at Goron Dutse quarters, where he made statements to incite disturbance and defame the monarch.

Reacting to this, the defendant said the allegations levelled against him were false, even as he pleaded with the court to grant him bail.

This is just as the police prosecutor, Inspector Haziel Ledapwa, told the court that investigation was still in progress.

In his ruling, the presiding magistrate, Hassan Fagge, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N1m, including two reliable sureties.

Fagge held that the two sureties must be directors at any federal ministry.



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