The Kaduna State police command has arrested the President of Humanist Association of Nigeria, Mallam Mubarak Bala, for allegedly insulting Prophet Mohammed.
Bala was said to have committed the offence of blasphemy on Facebook.
His arrest followed a petition by a group of lawyers to the Commissioner of Police in Kano State who asked that Bala be prosecuted for insulting Prophet Muhammad on his Facebook page.
The petition signed by one S.S Umar read, “We are submitting this complaint 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.”
A member of the Bala’s group, who spoke with SaharaReporters, said they were demanding for the immediate and unconditional release of the activist.
He said, “We at Humanist Association of Nigeria are deeply worried by the arrest and detention of our president, Mubarak Bala.
“Mubarak Bala will likely be handed over to the Kano State Police Command that will prosecute him for blasphemy, a crime that carries a death sentence under sharia law.
“We urge the Inspector General of Police, governor of Kaduna, Mallam elrufai, to ensure his immediate release.”