Police Arraign Islamic Cleric For Insulting Emir Of Kano

A renowned cleric, Shiek Nasiru Bazallah has been arraigned by the Nigeria Police before a Kano Magistrate Court for allegedly insulting the Emir of Kano, Mallam Lamido Sanusi​.

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

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

​The defendant​, however,​ said the allegations leveled against him were false, urging the court to admit him to bail.

​P​olice prosecutor, Inspector Haziel Ledapwa, informed the court that police 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.

He ruled that the two sureties must be directors at any federal ministry.

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