Abiodun Ogunyemi, the Anglican bishop of Zaria diocese has been arraigned before a chief magistrate’s court in Kaduna for allegedly making “defamatory remarks” he against Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State,
The Bishop had allegedly found fault with the governor over the planned demolition of 110-year-old St George Cathedral in Zaria.
The Bishop’s arraignment borders on charges bordering of criminal defamation, injurious falsehood and criminal intimidation.
Bishop Ogunyemi had said that in 2019 that Governor El-Rufai will never be president even though he is being groomed to take over from President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023. This assertion was made in a statement released by the Bishop in November 2019.
However upon being arraigned on, the Biship pleaded not guilty and was granted bail.
A member of the Kaduna Synod and a canon of the cathedral church of St Michael Kaduna stood in as surety.
The director of public prosecutions hinted that a peaceful resolution of the case is ongoing and the defence counsel also agreed to this.
The magistrate subsequently adjourned the case to October 28, 2020 for continuation.
SANUSI SAYS EL RUFAI IS NOT A RELIGIOUS BIGOT
In a similar case, ex Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has reacted to withdrawal of the Nigeria Bar Association’s invitation to Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna following a petition against him by some lawyers.
Sanusi stated that El-Rufai is a nationalist and has never associated himself with religious bigotry.
He argued that the dis-invitation of the Kaduna state Governor does not portray members of the association as people who want progress for Nigeria.
Sanusi added that the NBA lost an opportunity to interrogate El-Rufai at the conference.