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Blogger gets bail after 22 days in detention for criticising governor

12 October 2016, 16:41

Abuja - A Nigerian blogger has been granted bail after he was detained for 22 days for a blog post, Premium Times reports.

Jamil Mabai was arrested on September 19 by the police for a post on his blog where he criticised the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, for buying coffins with public funds despite owing workers salaries.

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

The blogger’s lawyer, Job Israel, said his client expects to be freed later on Wednesday having met the bail conditions.

News24 previously reported that Jamil Mabai based in the Northwestern state of Katsina, was arrested by officers of the Nigerian Police Force on Monday in Kaduna.

The blogger is a known critic of the Katsina administration led by Aminu Masari on his blog, Cliqq Magazine.

A Magistrate Court in Katsina on Thursday declined jurisdiction to try him. The judge instead asked that he be further detained.

Mabai’s arrest is believed to have been ordered by the governor, a claim the latter’s spokesperson denied.

- News 24


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