Anti-Elrufai’s Policies, Danfulani leaves Kaduna prison
One of the anti-Nasir Ahmed el-Rufai ‘poor’ policies critic, Dr John Danfulani, have walked out of Kaduna convict Prison today after 13 days of remand without trail. The Political Science PhD holder, Danfulani had resigned as a Lecturer at the Kaduna State University, (KASU) few months ago.
He was on October 27th , 2016 arraigned at a Kaduna High Court in a case with reference KDH/KAD/102c/2016 in which he was charged with “ an inciting public statement” in a facebook post he allegedly made in December last year. He was charged under section 417 and 418 of the Penal Code. It would be recalled that a magistrate court had thrown out the case but the state government filled a fresh charges against Danfulani at the Kaduna State Highcourt.
Justice Bilkisu Mohammed, who had presided over the case on the new charges, ordered that Danfulani be remanded in Kaduna prisons until she returns from a seminar on November 7th, 2016. Bail application from Barrister James Kanyip, Counsel to Danfulani was earlier turn down by the Judge. However, in today’s hearing, Justics Bilkisu granted Danfulani bail on conditions that he submits his International Passport, and produced two sureties each with a proven landed property in Kaduna.
The conditions were satisfied and Danfulani was released around 4:15pm to a crowd of relations, friends and supporters at the gate of Kaduna prisons. Speaking to the Press, Counsel to John Danfulani, Mr James Kanyip said, “there was no justification for keeping my client for 13 days in prison without trail. The offence under which he is charged should not have led to this lengthy remand without bail. It is very unfair,” he said. On his part, Danfulani said: “my experience in prison is a sad one.
Kaduna prison cannot reform an inmate, but would make the person resentful of government and hardened him. The condition of the prison is not befitting the dignity of any human being.” Danfulani will appear in Court Tuesday to hear charges a Chief Magistrate court of no 1, Ibrahim Taiwo Road, Kaduna, presided by Mallam Awwalu Musa threw out in January 2016.
It would be recalled that the State government lost the case in the lower court but did not appeal. The government filed a fresh charges against Danfulani at the Kaduna State Highcourt.