HIGH Court sitting in Kaduna, yesterday, adjourned the case of alleged inciting public statement and hate speech between Dr. John Danfulani and the state government to November 25 for hearing. Giving a ruling on the matter, Justice Bilkisu Mohammed 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 29. Earlier, the State Counsel,
Abdullahi Isiaka, had prayed for an adjournment in order to serve witness summons on his two witnesses. He said 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 till 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 would be recalled that Danfulani was sued on a two-count charge of seeking to incite 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 the All Progressives Congress, 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.

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