Tag: Blasphemy

Why Activist Mubarak Bala Was Arrested For Insulting Prophet Muhammad On Facebook

President of the Humanist Association of Nigeria, Mubarak Bala, has been arrested for ‘insulting Prophet Muhammad’ on Facebook. Bala was arrested by men of the Nigerian Police in Kaduna for blasphemy. His arrest followed a petition by a group of lawyers to the Kano State Police Commissioner to prosecute him for[Read More…]

To Increase Freedom, All States With Blasphemy Laws Should Repeal Them – UN Human Rights Expert Says

All States with blasphemy laws on their statute books should repeal them to increase freedom of religion or belief, a UN human rights expert has said. “Anti-blasphemy, anti-apostasy or anti-conversion laws, some of which are falsely presented as “anti-incitement” legislation, also often serve as platforms for enabling intolerance,” said Ahmed[Read More…]

Opinion: Kano Blasphemy Killing; Where Is Justice For Bridget Agbahime?

  By Godwin Onyeacholem Indeed, for any keen observer of governance in post-colonial Africa, Nigeria must be a very depressing address. And this is more so for the simple reason that no country, in many people’s reckoning, has done so much as Nigeria in consistently consciously making itself an object[Read More…]

“Zero Prosecution of Persons Involved In Killings of Christians” – CAN Condemns Release of Kano Suspects

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has strongly condemned the release, without trial, of all suspects in the murder of a 74-year-old Christian woman, Bridget Agbahime, in Kano. Mrs. Agbahime was killed in June at Kofar Wambai Market by a mob after she was accused of blasphemy. Five suspects were[Read More…]

Kano Court Frees All Suspects Accused of Killing 74-Year-Old Imo Lady, Bridget Agbahime

A Kano Magistrates’ Court on Thursday discharged all the five suspects, who allegedly killed a trader, Mrs. Bridget Agbahime, in Kano on June 2 over allegations of blasphemy. The suspects, Dauda Ahmed, Abdulmumeen Mustafa, Zubairu Abubakar, Abdullahi Abubakar and Musa Abdullahi were slammed with a four counts of inciting disturbance,[Read More…]

Blasphemy: Zamfara Governor Says False Alarm Led To The Killing of 8 Students

Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari, has said the murder of eight persons at Talata-Mafara in the state was caused by false alarm. NewsWireNGR recalls that the Zamfara State Governor barely a month ago, had warned that the state government “will deal decisively” with anyone caught desecrating the Holy Qur’an in[Read More…]

Christian Association of Nigeria Task Northern Governors To Stop Further Killing of Christians In Their Region

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, on Wednesday tasked northern governors to stop further killing of Christians in the region. Rising from a joint meeting of the Southern Nigeria Christian Elders’ Forum and the Christian Association of Nigeria, South-East zone, the Christian leaders condemned what they called “the inhuman treatment[Read More…]

Pius Adesanmi Writes About The Woman Beheaded By Kano Youths Over Prophet Mohammed

(Here is an excerpt from an essay originally written in circa 2009. The full essay made it as a chapter into my 2010 book, You’re Not a Country, Africa. Memories of my childhood inspired by the Islam that is chopping off heads in Northern Nigeria. Seven years after I wrote[Read More…]

In Kano, Mob Slit The Throat of A Woman For Arguing About Prophet Mohammed

A woman was stabbed to death in a mob action Thursday evening in Kano for allegedly blaspheming Prophet Mohammed. The incident took place at the Kofar Wambai market as traders were about to close for the day. The woman, whose identity could not be immediately ascertained, was said to be[Read More…]

Kano Shari’a Court Sentences Man To Death For Uttering Blasphemous Words Against Prophet Muhammad

A Sharia court in Kano has sentenced one Abdulaziz Dauda popularly known as Abdul Inyass to death after the court found him guilty of uttering blasphemous words against Prophet Muhammad( SAW) and inciting violence. It could be recalled that Inyass, along with nine other persons, was apprehended sometime in May[Read More…]