Earlier today, Nigerian police arrested Mubarak Bala (below), President of the Humanist Association of Nigeria, for “blasphemy” after he allegedly posted criticism of Islam on his Facebook page.
This is the same Bala who was placed in a mental hospital in 2014 for the “crime” of being an atheist. He was later released, but that didn’t stop the threats on his life.
Today’s arrest apparently stems from a petition sent to local police saying that Bala characterized “Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as a terrorist.”
Some group of lawyers finally write petition against that animal Mubarak Bala pic.twitter.com/OHyILGijyy
— Yusuf z. (@MrZage) April 27, 2020
… this is [a] racist and xenophobic attack…
We therefore humbly lodge this complaint to you with the hope that the said Mubarak Bala will brought to book so that he will know and understand that Nigeria is not a lawless society…
Bala may be tried under the Sharia Penal Code for blasphemy.
On Monday, Bala had posted: “Fact is, you have no life after this one. You have been dead before, long before you were born, billions of years on death.”
He is also known to have attacked Christian clerics through his posts on Facebook in the past.
Responding to enquiries on the arrest, the Police Public Relations Officer in Kaduna State, Mohammed Jalige, said: “I cannot tell you anything about the offence, why he was arrested. We only received a signal that he should be arrested. It is not our case. The case is (for) Kano State Command.”
When asked if the suspect would be transferred to Kano, Jalige responded: “I don’t know actually. We are waiting for further directives from Kano State Command. He was arrested yesterday. He is in police custody currently.”