Group condemns continuous trial detention of Dr. John Danfulani by El-Rufai
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November 5, 2016 ( Post 1 )
A group, the Netzit Patriotic Front, has condemned in strong terms what it described as the continuous trial and detention of former Kaduna polytechnic lecturer, Dr John Danfulani by the State government.
In a statement signed by George Makeri, the group said Dr Danfulani had been detained without trial by the Kaduna state government in gross violation of his fundamental human right as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The statement noted that, “ here, Doctor John Danfulani is detained once again based on the personal interest of Governor El-Rufai.
“The first time he was detained without trial in January, the governor and his cronies hid behind Kaduna State University, KASU, and the commissioner of police to victimise Dr. John Danfulani.
“Today, the governor showed his hands directly in the matter by getting the state executive council to endorse another round of victimisation over the same issue that was earlier struck off for lack of merit by a lower court, based on personal interest but excusing it on incitement.
“The ongoing massacres in southern Kaduna was unbelievably captured by the contracted petitioners against Dr. John Danfulani with the tacit approval of the governor where they threatened a repeat of the Rwandan massacres in Southern Kaduna and went scot-free.
“We have seen a fulani Doctor Haruna coming on board around 15 August 2016, to claim the Godogodo massacre without being harassed, intimidated nor arrested, not to mention being detained because he is a fulani and a Muslim like the governor.
“While a university don is locked up for simply expressing himself in tandem with his fundamental human right, because he does not share religion nor ethnicity with the governor; even though the governor swore to do right to all manner of people without fear or favour, affection or ill-will.
“Immediately after the Doctor John Danfulani anchored CEDRA’s report on A Hundred Days in Office at both the federal and state levels where he fingered Jimmy Lawal as an element with criminal records in the Kaduna State Government employment, he became blacklisted and marked for persecution.
“The government clandestinely commissioned some thought police to invade the doctor’s privacy and police his thoughts and opinions in a style only obtainable in the book 1984 by George Orwell (the author of animal farm).
“The doctor’s every thought and opinions were religiously scrutinised for fault lines in a way that captures the level of depravity and abuse of office of the Kaduna State government which often than not, has displayed an acute propensity to blame, witch-hunt and persecute perceived enemies and voices of dissent than getting down to the real business of good governance in Kaduna state.
“Justifying anger is tantamount to encouraging violence and this is certainly an anathema for any purposeful government which is out to maintain law and order. Government should release Dr. John Danfulani now.”
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