Kaduna University lecturer accused of “hate speech” challenges suspension in court

John Danfulani

A Political Science lecturer at the Kaduna State University, John Danfulani, suspended for posting an alleged “hate speech” on social media, has sued the university.

Mr. Danfulani was suspended by the university over a Facebook post the institution considered a hate speech.

Speaking to our reporter on Friday, Mr. Danfulani said he had decided to challenge his suspension by the university authorities.

“I have decided to head to court to institute three separate cases on the query and infringement of my fundamental human rights as guaranteed by our constitution, and other global and regional protocols on people’s rights,” Mr. Danfulani said.

He also said following an invitation for interrogations by the police, he cut short his foreign trip to meet with the state commissioner of police.

“On 24th January, I was told of another letter from KASU telling me that Kaduna State Commissioner of Police has requested the school to release me for an interview at 10am of 25th January, 2016 in their headquarters.

“Sequel to that, I terminated my mission and got an available flight back home on 26th January, 2016 to keep faith with CP’s invitation.

“I called the CP on arrival and told him I will be seeing him at 10am on 29th January, 2016 (today),” he said.

Part of the contentious Facebook post said, “To them, APC is a religious party. Northern leaders under the party are demigods and crusaders of their ways of life. These people living in dusty villages of Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Kano, Jigawa are quick in calling you ‘Arne or Kafiri’ (Meaning Pagan) once you express your view on anything their God PMB and his brigade of small angels are doing”.

Mr. Danfulani confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES that he authored the post, which was widely circulated among Kaduna residents.

In the suspension letter which was signed by the school registrar Talatu A. Kuri, read “We refer to our letter of query dated 5th January, 2016, requesting you to explain within 48 hours why disciplinary action will not be taken against you for gross misconduct and confirm that you failed to respond.

“In line with S15 (1) 4 of KASU staff Conditions of Service, the Vice Chancellor has suspended you from duty forthwith and will report the matter to Council,” it said.

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