Few weeks after the arrest of popular blogger, Abubakar Sidiq Usman, by the EFCC for offences bordering on cyber stalking, another Nigerian Blogger Jamil Mabai, has also been arrested by officers of the Nigerian Police Force for writing a controversial post.
The Katsina state based blogger who is a known critic of the Katsina administration led by Aminu Masari on his blog, Cliqq Magazine, was arrested on Monday in Kaduna and has spent five days in detention.
According to Premium Times, Mr. Mabai’s arrest is believed to have been ordered by the governor, a claim the latter’s spokesperson denied.
A Magistrate Court in Katsina on Thursday declined jurisdiction to try him. The judge instead asked that he be further detained.
A friend of the blogger had told the newspaper, that the governor was not happy with Mabai’s recent post condemning the recent purchase of 3000 metal coffins for distribution to Mosques in the state.
Jamil Mabai, had questioned the rationale behind buying the coffins at N40,000 each at a time the government was unable to pay civil servants outstanding arrears of salaries.
Adding that by purchasing the coffins, the governor was simply saying “Katsina people deserve to die”.
Sources said the Police had followed him from Katsina to Kaduna where he had gone to celebrate the Eid el kabir Sallah celebration and arrested him there.
He was first taken to Unguwan Sanusi police station, then to Kankara local government and finally Katsina town.
Friends and relatives of the blogger were said to have been apprehensive of his whereabouts until the Police finally charged him to court on Thursday.
The state Commissioner of Police, Usman Abdullahi, explaining why the blogger was arrested said Jamil Mabai was detained for posting tweets to say the government bought the coffins because it wanted people to die.
“The state government complained that Jamil wrote that it had bought 3,000 coffins and distributed to mosques and maybe it wanted Katsina people to die.
“Any reasonable person will ask one or two questions. This is why we had to invite him to assist the police.”
When contacted, the spokesperson to Mr. Masari, Abdu Labaran, denied that the state reported the blogger to the police.