The Kaduna State Police Command has arrested the President of Humanist Association of Nigeria Mubarak Bala for ‘insulting Prophet Muhammad’.
He was arrested after a petition by a group of lawyers to the Commissioner of Police in Kano State, to prosecute him for insulting Prophet Muhammad on his Facebook page.
Born and raised as a Muslim but he soon turned to atheism sometime in 2014 .
Since Mubarak dumped Islam, he is notorious for writing provocative comments about Mohammed and the Islamic religion on his Facebook page which greatly annoyed Muslims.
He is also fond of making derogatory comments about some Christain clerics.
A source said Bala was arrested by two police officers, who were not in uniform at his residence and is currently detained at the Gbabasawa Police Station in Kaduna.
Similarly, a Change.org petition titled ‘Mubarak Bala’s Facebook Account Should be Closed,’ which was started three days ago, has been signed by 16,942 as of Wednesday morning.
His post on Monday reads: “Fact is, you have no life after this one. You have been dead before, long before you were born, billions of years on death.”
The petition signed by one S.S Umar reads: “We are submitting this complain against one Mubarak Bala of Layin Massalaccin Bilai, Karkasara quarters, Kano.
The said Mubarak was born and raised as a Muslim but for his own personal reason decided to leave Islam for atheism sometime in 2014 and has since then been writing stuffs on his Facebook page that are provocative and annoying to Muslims.”
Bala is expected to be prosecuted for blasphemy, a crime which contravenes the Sharia Penal Code.
A member of the Bala’s group, said they were demanding for the immediate and unconditional release of the activist.
He said, “We at Humanist Association of Nigeria are deeply worried by the arrest and detention of our president, Mubarak Bala.
“Mubarak Bala will likely be handed over to the Kano State Police Command that will prosecute him for blasphemy, a crime that carries a death sentence under sharia law.
“We urge the Inspector-General of Police, governor of Kaduna, Mallam elrufai, to ensure his immediate release.”