A Kano State resident in Nigeria, Mubarak Bala, has reportedly been arrested by the police for allegedly committing blasphemy against Prophet Mohammed.
Bala’s arrest came after a group of lawyers wrote a petition against him to the Kano State Commissioner of Police.
Bala, who is the president of the Humanist Association of Nigeria, was said to have renounced Islam in 2014 and adopted atheism as his new faith.
He was said to have committed the crime punishable by death under Sharia Law in a series of Facebook posts. Bala was said to have been arrested by the police in Kaduna State.
The petition against him reads in part: “We are submitting this complaint 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.”
The petition was signed by S.S Umar on behalf of the group of lawyers.
Meanwhile, members of Bala’s association are said to have called on the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, to order the release of Bala from the Gbabasawa Police Station in Kaduna, where he is reportedly being held.