Mubarak Bala to spend 24 years in jail for blasphemy

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A self-proclaimed atheist, Mubarak Bala, has been sentenced on Tuesday by a Kano State High Court sitting at Audu Bako to 24 years imprisonment for blasphemy.

Bala is the president of the Humanist Association of Nigeria, and he was arrested in 2020 in Kaduna for blasphemy against Allah and Prophet Muhammad.

He has been in detention since his arrest until he was convicted on Tuesday.

He pleaded guilty to the offence and said that he never meant to use his Facebook posts to cause violence promising to be precautionary in future.

The court said that Bala has freedom of religion but does not have the right to insult other people’s religion.

In addition, the court reiterated that there are lots of people with the same ideology as Bala but they don’t infringe on the right of others.

Thereafter, the court found him guilty of the 18-count charge and he was sentenced to 24 years in prison.

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