Inciting statement: court adjourns Danfulani’s case to November 25
Justice Bilkisu Mohammed of Kaduna High Court has adjourned the case of inciting public statement between Dr John Danfulani and the state , to November 25th for hearing.
Ruling on the matter yesterday, the Judge asked the prosecution to produce all its witnesses on the next adjourned date in order to commence hearing on the matter which has been filed since August 29th.
Earlier, State counsel Abdullahi Isiaka had prayed for an adjournment in order to serve witness summons on his two witnesses. He said that since the last adjourned date, the summons have not been signed because the trial judge was attending a seminar.
Barrister Mark Jacob, leading four other lawyers for the defence, had argued that the first witness is a nominal complainant and so he does not need to be served a summon before appearing in court.
He however conceded for the matter to be adjourned to today, a motion that the prosecuting counsel opposed because the date was not convenient for him. After due consultations, Justice Mohammed adjourned the case to November 27 for hearing.
It will be recalled that Danfulani was charged to court on a two-count charge of seeking to excite hatred and contempt against the people of the north by referring to them as ‘’APC simpletons of Northern Nigeria’’ on his facebook wall.
According to the charge, Danfulani had referred to APC as ‘’a religious party, adding that ‘’ northern leaders under the party are demi-gods and crusaders of their way of life.’’
‘’These people living in dusty villages of Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara , Kano, Jigawa are quick in calling you ‘arne’ or ‘kafiri’ once you express your view on anything their God, PMB and his brigades of small angels are doing.
‘’With their harmattan ravaged faces , rough legs and brown teeth, they behave like a herd of sheep’’, Danfulani allegedly posted on facebook.