The Chief Magistrate of court 1, Ibrahim Taiwo Road, Kaduna, Mallam Awwalu Musa has granted bail to Kaduna State University (KASU) Dr. John Danfulani.
Danfulani, who is been accused of incitement by the Kaduna State government get the bail on Monday after days of detention at a police facilities.
His detention was condemned by various Human rights groups in Nigeria who insisted the lecturer is being 'persecuted' for being critical on the policies of government.
The Chief Magistrate, having read the arguments put forward by both the prosecutors and defense Council to the accuse, he offered the applicants a bond bail of N5m, 2 sureties and must have N2.5m each.
According to the Magistrate, the surety must also submit two passport photographs, statement of accounts, international passports, residential address , and must not be below grade level 17.
Team of defense Council to the accused, said the bail condition is too harsh. But they thank the court for honouring their prayer.
Meanwhile, Senator Danjuma Laah (PDP, Kaduna South Senatorial Zone) has noted that the arrest, detention and arraignment in Court of vocal anti-government Political Science Lecturer of Kaduna State University, KASU, Dr. John Danfulani, has generated political and social controversies, cautioning that the judiciary not bow to such pressure to deny him justice.
Danfulani was granted bail yesterday, with what lawyers said were “stringent” conditions after he was a arraigned for the second time at a Kaduna Chief Magistrate Court. In a statement, Laah said.
“I have been observing the circumstances and other developments before and after the arrest of Dr. Johh Danfulani, a well known Political Science Lecturer. I want to say that there has been a lot of politics and social uproar that this has attracted.
As the Senator who represents Danfulani at the Senate, I am watching how the judiciary is handling this case.“Without prejudice to the competence of our Judiciary arm of government in Kaduna State, I want to caution that political and social pressure should not come to bear on him to deny him fair trial.
“I also want to call on all the people of Southern Kaduna and indeed all law abiding residents of Kaduna state to please remain calm and observed how the Court will treat this issue, being the last hope of everyone”, he said in conclusion.
It could be recalled that Danfulani was queried by KASU, and on January 18, suspended from work, over a facebook comment he allegedly made against the North, which KASU said was inciting. Three days later, Kaduna State Police Command asked KASU to produce Danfulani for interrogation over the comment.
Danfulani, who had some engagements in India al through this time, came down and submitted himself to the Police, who arrested him and put him on trail before Justice Awal Musa of Chief Magistrate Court 1, Kaduna over the comment.
Danfulani is an unabashed critic of both the Government of Mohammadu Buhari and that of Mallam Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna state.