Nigerian Journalist Released on Bail After 84 Days in Detention for Reporting on Attacks Against Christians

The leadership of the Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) is delighted following the release of a Nigerian journalist who had been arrested in November last year for criticizing the government.

On Thursday, January 27, a Nigerian Federal High Court sitting in Kaduna State ordered the release of Luka Binniyat on bail.

Mr. Binniyat had been arrested by members of the Kaduna State Investigation Bureau in connection with an article he had written criticizing the Kaduna State government’s poor response to the September 2021 attacks on communities in three Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Southern Kaduna, in which at least 49 people reportedly lost their lives and 27 others were kidnapped.

“CSW is pleased to learn Mr. Binniyat has finally been granted bail, after enduring a lengthy and unwarranted period of pre-trial detention in a maximum-security prison,” CSW President, Mr. Mervyn Thomas, says in a Thursday, January 27 report.

CSW leadership reports that Mr. Binniyat pleaded not guilty to the charges of cyberstalking, aiding, and abetting the offences of cybercrime.

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Source: ACI Africa