Man held for Facebook comment

2011-02-02 14:20

Lagos - Nigerian police say a man was jailed after making a Facebook comment that put a curse on a governor in northern Nigeria.

A police spokesperson says Moukhtar Ibrahim Aminu was arrested in Jigawa state for defamation after making the comment about Gov Sule Lamido. The comment, posted on January 18 on the social networking website in the local Hausa language, said: "Allah curse Sule Lamido and all his useless friends."

Lamido's spokesperson declined to immediately comment on Wednesday.

The arrest comes as Nigeria approaches a crucial April presidential election. While newspapers do publish critical columns on politicians, bribes paid to journalists help control coverage in Africa's most populous nation. Those who don't fall in line often face threats and beatings.

  • thabomatwabeng - 2011-02-02 14:53

    And we wonder why Africa is in the state it's in. Those are tax payers' money wasted on pursuing the prosecution of a citizen who should have the right of free expression. If the governer had done his job, for which he gets paid for by the people, then the comment would not have been necessary. This is the danger of confounding the party and its representatives with the state and its appointed officials. They might be the same individuals but they are constitutionally obliged to act in state capacity and carry the accountability entrusted to them, not have the whole party system take over the state system to protect their lazy asses. We're talking about Nigeria, right?

      SeJouSe - 2011-02-02 15:10

      Superstition! That's the problem. How the hell can you put a curse on someone by means of the above??? I'm a god fearing person and have been braught up in a christian home. Putting a curse on someboyd just don't make sense. It's all in the mind.

      buzz - 2011-02-02 15:49

      @ sejouse - christianity is also all in the mind...

  • May - 2011-02-02 15:13

    Lost in time!!!

  • Made_In_SA - 2011-02-02 15:23

    Aaaah the old african ju ju.... works every time! you would think a Governor would be an educated man and not believe in stupid curses, obviously not!

  • jamesonl - 2011-02-02 16:22

    Allah curse Sule Lamido and all his useless friends. Amen'

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