Detained Nigerian blogger to spend at least 7 nights in jail


The Nigerian blogger who was arrested by the police on Monday may not be released till next week, the police indicated on Friday.

Jamil Mabai, a blogger based in the Northwestern state of Katsina, was arrested by officers of the Nigerian Police Force on Monday in Kaduna.

The Magistrate Court 1 in Katsina on Thursday declined jurisdiction to try him. The judge instead asked that he be further detained till he is arraigned before an appropriate court.

The police on Friday failed to file the case before an appropriate court like the high court so the blogger can get bail.

When asked on the status of the case, Katsina police spokesperson told PREMIUM TIMES that “It is not in the hands of the police now since they have been taken to Court. They are not in custody of the police now.”

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari
Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari

Mr. Mabai will therefore remain in prison till Monday or beyond when the police decide to finally file the appropriate charges.


A source familiar with the travails of the blogger told PREMIUM TIMES on Friday that Mr. Mabai and two others arraigned with him were taken to the main prison in Katsina town.

“They have taken them to the Prison till Monday when they would be arraigned before a State High Court,” the source said.

He added that the blogger’s family has gotten in touch with a lawyer “who is currently working on getting them out on bail.”

Mr. Mabai’s arrest is believed to have been ordered by the Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina; a claim the latter’s spokesperson, Abdu Labaran, denied.

The blogger is a known critic of the Katsina administration led by Aminu Masari on his blog, Cliqq Magazine.

A family friend of Mr. Mabai had on Thursday told PREMIUM TIMES that the governor was not happy with his recent post condemning the recent purchase of 3000 metal coffins for distribution to Mosques in the state.

Emenike Iroegbu
Emenike Iroegbu

Mr. Mabai said by purchasing the coffins, Mr. Masari is simply saying “Katsina people deserve to die”.

He also questioned the rationale behind buying the coffins at N40,000 each at a time the government was unable to pay civil servants outstanding arrears of salaries.


The two people arraigned alongside Mr. Mabai are Bashir Dauda and Umar Faruq. They were accused of writing about Mr. Mbai’s story with the intent to cause civil disturbance and expose Mr. Masari to public ridicule.

Abubakar Usman Photo:
Abubakar Usman

Their arrest and

arraignment is coming on the heels of the arrest and detention two weeks ago of another blogger, Emenike Iroegbu, on the orders of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State.

Mr. Iroegbu who publishes Abia Facts Newspaper was accused of defaming Mr. Ikpeazu.

He allegedly published a story accusing the governor of burying a 9-year-old boy in the government House, Umuahia.

In the same vein, another blogger, Abubakar Usman, who publishes was recently arrested and detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, who accused him of “cyber stalking”.

Mr. Usman was released after much public condemnation.


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  • oluremi

    CHAINS ‘IS’ HERE!!!!

  • Henry

    The bloggers ask for change and change they got

  • vagabonds in power

    he United States has said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has all it needs to prosecute all those implicated in the Halliburton scandal including Mrs. Aisha M. Buhari who allegedly wired $170,000.00 in bribe to disgraced Congressman Williams J. Jefferson in 2002.

    A 16-count indictment, returned by a federal grand jury in Alexandria, Va., charged Jefferson with solicitation of bribes from Nigeria and other places, honest services wire fraud, money laundering, obstruction of justice, violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, racketeering, and conspiracy.

    The indictment alleges that from in or about August 2000 through in or about August 2005, Jefferson, while serving as an elected member of the U.S. House of Representatives, used his position and his office to corruptly seek, solicit and direct that things of value be paid to Jefferson and his family members in exchange for his performance of official acts to advance the interests of people and businesses who offered him the bribes.

    The U.S Justice Department had at the time requested the EFCC through a letter with Ref: MEW:DPW:KDL:AV 1 File 182.23818 dated June 22, 2006 to investigate Mrs. Aisha M. Buhari and several others linked with bribing Congressman Jefferson.

    Mrs. Buhari, Atiku Abubakar, Dumebi Kachikwu, Otunba Fashawe, Aliyu Maigari and others were named in a long chain of Nigerian and American bribe takers that spirited about $45 million—for a technology transfer deal—to the US between 1996 and 2002. WE NO WARN UNA ABOUT BINGO BUHARI?

  • paul irumundomon

    Can they also arrest foreigners. I’m not sure a Nigerian judge, would want to risk travel ban, for kneel surgery abroad.

  • Luther Jens-Uwe Nigeria Lagos

    So firstly I would like to the article of the arrest of
    bloggers show.

    Dear blogger that is fixed there are governments around the world
    in Europe and America which not are different than what happens here.
    That is why I can only say caution is attached.
    The Governments of Töhsen freedom of expression and put one in jail
    or use other means of self rule for your pride to
    Also Germany in Europe is one such country.
    The following note should you collect only solid evidence and then
    Writing like I am now. certainly has corruption and the exchange of
    Officials and Governors brought chaos and each of it something
    to do has tried his pride, his honor and be condolences to announce.
    This is how normal a State such as Turkey has us very close.
    None where the ends will be in Turkey at the white instead some can
    many laugh, that one should also.
    With regard to Africa is not the first case Katsina. Now set the year and
    the methodology is still a role for example Baifra and the uprising of a radio
    Moderator name canoe.
    What went wrong too early, too late or not at all, what would be if he
    which he made at that time would have made those comments today. (?)
    The fight of some prophets suggests it probably, reading and language
    have an art element to the poetry of life. It could be man in
    Prayer books contain but also in poetry first man should lie.
    Secondly to meet because they not hit not with words,
    Cats will look offended the pride of the ego of a life
    If you use the wrong words.
    One thing is certainly clear claims killing and that would be murder,
    hard to think of how many people were murdered in the world, by
    Therefore, it is important that you have basis for the killing of
    To the murder allegations so hard evidence and circumstantial evidence.
    Equality does not mean it must be to agree, no
    are all you need proof and evidence to support the opinion and
    the freedom of expression and democracy.
    Now the Court must prove where democracy begins or where you
    Stops the clues and evidence, a gracious may God the blogger
    His father and the Court equitable judgments speaking.

    Thank you, God bless you all


    Also als erstes möchte ich mich zu dem Artikel der Verhaftung von
    blogger Äußern.

    Sehr geehrte blogger folgendes steht Fest es gibt Regierungen Weltweit
    auch in Europa und Amerika die nicht anders sind als das was hier geschieht.
    Von daher kann ich nur sagen eine Gewisse Vorsicht ist Angebracht.
    Die Regierungen Töhsen Meinungsfreiheit und stecken einen in den Knast
    oder benutzen andere Mittel der Selbstherrschaft für Ihren Stolz an
    Unvernunft .
    Auch Deutschland in Europa ist ein solches Land.
    Folgendes sollte man Beachten erst feste Indizien sammeln und dann
    Schreiben so wie ich jetzt. sicher hat Korruption und der Wechsel von
    Beamten und Gouverneuren Chaos mitgebracht und jeder der damit etwas
    zu tun hat ,Versucht seinen Stolz ,seine Ehre und sein Beileid zu Verkünden.
    Wie normal das ist hat uns ganz nah ein Staat wie die Türkei gebracht.
    Keiner weiß wo das Enden wird in der Türkei an der stelle können einige
    viele Lachen, das sollte man auch .
    Was Afrika Betrifft ist Katsina nicht der erste Fall. Nun spielt das Jahr und
    die Methodik noch eine Rolle Beispiel Baifra und der Aufstand eines Radio
    Moderators Namens Kanu .
    Was ging Schief zu früh ,zu spät oder Überhaupt nicht ,was wäre wenn er
    diese Äußerungen heute getätigt hätte die er damals Tätigte . (?)
    Der Kampf einiger Propheten lässt es wohl erahnen , Lektüre und Sprache
    haben ein Kunstelement zu der Lyrik des Lebens. Mann könnte es in
    Gebetsbüchern fassen aber auch in Gedichte ersten man soll nicht lügen.
    Zweitens man soll nicht Schlagen auch nicht mit Worten denn diese treffen,
    den Stolz von dem Ego eines Lebens auch Katzen werden Beleidigt schauen
    wenn man falsche Worte verwendet.
    Eines steht auf jeden Fall fest Behauptungen Töten und das wäre Mord ,
    kaum auszudenken wie viele Menschen ermordet wurden in der Welt ,von
    daher ist es wichtig das man Grundlagen besitzt für die Tötung von
    Behauptungen zu den Mord also handfeste Beweise und Indizien .
    Gleichstellung heißt nicht das man einer Meinung sein muss,nein
    alles was man braucht sind Beweise und Indizien zu der Meinung und
    der Freiheit von Meinung und Demokratie .
    Nun muss das Gericht beweisen wo die Demokratie Anfängt oder wo Sie
    Aufhört zu den Indizien und Beweisen ,möge Gott den Blogger ein gnädiger
    Vater sein und das Gericht gerechte urteile Sprechen.

    Danke Gott schütze Sie alle

    • Alkali


      • ₦38.23billion developed legs and got missing in Central Bank under Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.
      • ₦160billion was taken by Sanusi Lamido at the Central Bank for self-determined spending.
      • ₦1.12billion was taken as spent by Sanusi Lamido on lunch for 12 CBN police guards
      in one year.
      • ₦1.12billion was taken in cash and entered in the account as paid to a non-operating airline
      for charter service.
      • ₦240billion was discretionally doled out at will as ‘donations’ by Sanusi Lamido.
      • ₦1.97billion was paid out in cash and entered on Central Bank accounts as “inexplicable
      expense” by Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.
      • ₦20billion was entered as paid out in cash as Legal Fees by Sanusi Lamido to persons
      • ₦3.086billion was taken by Sanusi Lamido and written off as expense ostensibly to promote
      Central Bank image.

  • F. O Anslem


    Police should double up. Police must arrest all the contributors to
    Premium Times who are posting comments to criticism President Buhari and lock them up in
    Katsina Prison. I am the only here who loves President Buhari. I always praise anything that
    President Buhari is doing. I don’t see anything wrong in anything. My work as good citizen
    is to keep saying SAI BABA. I am not supposed to say anything bad or see anything wrong.
    But the other contributors here have no sense of civic duty to love their president like a god.
    Not just the president but even the APC governors must be worshiped at all times, even if
    they can’t pay civil servants salaries for seven [7] months, as it is happening in Oshun state.
    I just want the Police to know my own name when they start mass arrest of contributors to
    the Letters Page of Premium Times. I am not part of those who believe in freedom of speech.

  • Square Two


    President Muhamadu Buhari has the right to do whatever he likes and even sell Nigeria’s assets.
    But his right to sell must be shown to derive from his personal ownership of any asset he wants to sell.
    He must show that he, Muhamadu Buhari, is the owner of NNPC or the Liquefied Natural Gas company.
    Once he can show us his proof of ownership of these companies Buhari has the 100% right to sell them.
    Alternatively, President Buhari can show the WILL of his parents, if they granted him NNPC under a will.

    Nobody can stop President Buhari from selling Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos if he is the owner.
    He can sell any airport as his private property, if he was given any airport under his father’s will as gift.
    The right of a personal owner of a property to sell it cannot be questioned in a democracy by anybody.
    But President Buhari must then deposit the cash from the sale of NNPC or NNDP into his own account.

    • Viva Revo

      “In Nigeria, the pauperized many have sent a memo to the criminally-rich few:
      ‘We will not allow you to enjoy your ill-gotten gains in peace. We will hound you
      and pursue you everywhere you go. When you buy your Hummers,
      we will snatch them.

      When you send your children to expensive schools, we will kidnap them.
      When you retreat to your billion-naira homes, you will have to sleep with
      one eye open. With every knock, you will panic and tremble, fearing it
      could be nemesis at the door’.

      ………………..FEMI ARIBISALA

      (Vanguard Newspaper)

    • REPOST 2016

      ……..Excuse me my people…I no know book O…..i just want to give you my own idea……..
      since Raji Fashola cannot do anything good in his life….and supplies zero megawatts……
      …to put Nigeria in permanent darkness….why don’t we sell Raji Fashola to raise money…..
      …………and use it to pay a more sensible Minister that can take us out of this dark ages?……….
      That will be like privatization of government……but we don’t need to sell all the cabinet O………

  • Realitytalk

    Probably by the time they will be releasing him, he must have learnt his lesson.

    • Jayjay

      What kind of lesson were you expecting him to go and learn there? What crime did he commit? For telling you to create jobs instead of buying coffins?


      • Tunji Olarewaju

        Don’t mind the idi0t

  • UOU

    That is the chanji

  • Mathew Anini


    Is it true that President Muhamadu Buhari borrowed 2.2 trillion Naira debt since he resumed office?
    The Punch newspaper is reporting this news today from the DEBT OFFICE. Please check and confirm.
    Figures can’t lie anyway. With this borrow-and-spend mentality of President Muhamadu Buhari, it is clear
    to me that Nigeria is in trouble and President Buhari is a clear and present danger to Nigeria’s finances.
    As at today one million Naira is worth only $2,200. That is red signal to international trade for Nigerians.
    With rmore reckless borrowing by President Buhari the Naira might depreciate to one thousand dollars
    to one million Naira Naira. That stage is not too far away and will kick in once President Buhari is allowed
    to sell of income-generating assets like NNPC and the Liqueified Natural Gas company. A sale of those
    assets will reduce Nigeria’s ability to pay off the 20 billion dollars that Buhari wants to borrow again

    before or by December 2016

  • abubakar bello jos

    How on earth can you procure an ordinary 3000 metal coffin for N40,000 each during this hard financial times? Thats how our missed-leaders do: they are grossly lacking in the sense of prioritising…
    Here is a state that was since stunted financially with difficulty in paying salaries of its workers, all it can do is procure metal coffin and expect reasonable whistle blowers like Jamil Mabai to dose-off at such scandal.

  • M.Anini


    President BUHARI has borrowed and spent 2.2 Trillion Naira to date

    As at today,
    one million Naira is worth only $2,200. That is red signal to international
    trade for ordinary Nigerians. With more reckless borrowing by President Buhari
    the Naira might depreciate to one thousand dollars to one million Naira. That
    stage is not too far away and will kick in once President Buhari is allowed to
    sell of income-generating assets like NNPC and Liquefied Natural Gas Company.
    A sale of those assets will reduce Nigeria’s financial ability to pay off the
    20 billion dollars Buhari wants to borrow again before or by December 2016

    • konko below




  • Wetin Naija

    Press freedom under threat by politicians in Nigeria. What a big shame

  • MC

    These governors are reminding us to dig deep into their dark sides and expose them more. How many trolls like us can they arrest! Lol.