Justice Bilkisu Mohammed of Kaduna High Court has adjourned the case of inciting public statement against Governor Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai by a former lecturer of Kaduna State University, KASU, Dr. John Danfulani, to November 25 for hearing.
Ruling on the matter yesterday, the Judge asked the prosecution to produce all its witnesses on the next adjourned date in order to commence hearing on the matter which has been filed since August 29th.
Earlier, State Counsel, Abdullahi Isiaka had prayed for an adjournment in order to serve witness summons on his two witnesses. He said that since the last adjourned date, the summons have not been signed because the trial judge was attending a seminar.
Barrister Mark Jacob, leading four other lawyers for the defence, had argued that the first witness is a nominal complainant and so he does not need to be served a summon before appearing in court.
He, however, conceded for the matter to be adjourned to today, a motion that the prosecuting counsel opposed because the date was not convenient for him. After due consultations, Justice Mohammed adjourned the case to November 25 for hearing.
It will be recalled that Danfulani was charged to court on a two-count charge of seeking to excite hatred and contempt against the people of the north by referring to them as ‘’APC simpletons of Northern Nigeria’’ on his facebook wall.
According to the charge, Danfulani had referred to APC as ‘’a religious party, adding that ‘’northern leaders under the party are demi-gods and crusaders of their way of life.’’