President of Humanist Association of Nigeria, Mubarak Bala, has been arrested by the police in Kaduna State for ‘insulting Prophet Muhammad’
Mubarak Bala was arrested at his residence after a petition by a group of lawyers to the Commissioner of Police in Kano State, to prosecute him for insulting Prophet Muhammad on his Facebook page.
The said Mubarak was born and raised as a Muslim but for his own personal reason decided to leave Islam for atheism sometime in 2014 and has since then been writing stuff on his Facebook page that are provocative and annoying to the Muslims.” Similarly, a Change.org petition titled ‘Mubarak Bala’s Facebook Account Should be Closed,’ which was started three days ago, has been signed by 16,942 as of Wednesday morning.
Bala is expected to be prosecuted for blasphemy, a crime which contravenes the Sharia Penal Code.
The atheist had posted on Monday,
“Fact is, you have no life after this one. You have been dead before, long before you were born, billions of years on death.” A search through Bala’s Facebook page also shows him mocking Christian clerics, including the founder of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations, TB Joshua.
The petition signed by one S.S Umar reads,
“We are submitting this complain against one Mubarak Bala of Layin Massalaccin Bilai, Karkasara quarters, Kano.
The said Mubarak was born and raised as a Muslim but for his own personal reason decided to leave Islam for atheism sometime in 2014 and has since then been writing stuffs on his Facebook page that are provocative and annoying to Muslims.”
See copy of the petition below.
When contacted, 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.”