Nigeria: Activist arrested and detained: Mubarak Bala

On 28 April, Mubarak Bala, a prominent Nigerian humanist, was arrested by police officers at his home in Kaduna, north-western Nigeria, and accused of blasphemy after he wrote a post on Facebook expressing his beliefs on Monday, 27 April. On 30 April he was transferred to Kano, a conservative region in northern Nigeria where religious dissent is unpopular. He is currently being detained in solitary confinement at Kano state police command. He has been denied access to his family and his lawyer. According to his associates, he has been subjected to ill-treatment in police custody.

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