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Nigerian Police Arrest Humanist Leader Mubarak Bala for Alleged “Blasphemy”

Apr 29, 2020

By Hemant Mehta

Earlier today, Nigerian police arrested Mubarak Bala, 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.”

… 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

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