4 October 2017

Nigeria: 35 Days Later, Masari's Facebook Critic Still in Detention

Katsina — A Facebook critic of Governor Aminu Masari's administration, 31-year-old Ibrahim Bature of Unguwar Dabino, Dutsinma town, is still in prison after 35 days of his arrest.

Bature was arrested by the police on 28 August and charged to court for inciting disaffection to the government and defamation of character.

One Inspector Mani Mamman attached to the state Intelligence Bureau arrested Bature and brought him to the bureau before arraigning him in court from where he was remanded in prison custody.

The Police First Information Report said sometime in July 2017, Bature published and tweeted a false report that Governor Masari was trying to ruin the state's future by collecting loan worth N77.7 billion and that government was going for another loan of USD 110 to build hospitals in the 34 local government areas.

Bature was alleged to have said in the video, "Comrades and activist of Katsina State, let us form a strong coalition and collectively say enough is enough. Enough of this nonsense. We did not agree on this idea."

Bature's lawyer, Barrister MS Mahuta, said efforts were on to ensure his release on bail.

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