Islamic scholar lands in trouble for allegedly calling Gov El-Rufai a 'small bird' dictator

Gov Nasir El-Rufai 
A Sokoto based Islamic scholar, Malam Bello Yabo, has been arrested by the police in Sokoto and taken to Kaduna for allegedly describing Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State as a "small bird" dictator.

The cleric was arrested around 4pm on Friday and according to reliable information, he was taken to Kaduna where he would be charged. Daily Trust reports

Malam Abdullahi Abubakar Yabo, who claimed to be the nephew of the scholar, said some policemen came to his residence while he was saying the Asr prayer and immediately after, they called him aside and showed him a paper which turned out to be the warrant of arrest issued by a Magistrate court in Kaduna.

“After reading the paper, Malam did not utter a word, he just moved into his house, came back and entered their vehicle. It was after they left that he called and notified us about the arrest, that the Attorney General of Kaduna State had written a petition against him over his recent remarks against their governor,” Abdullahi said.

According to Daily Trust, Abdullahi later said on phone that Malam called again to tell them that he would be taken to court after the Sallah break.

Yabo in a video clip believed to be recorded in one of his Ramadan preachings condemned El-Rufa’i and scholars in Kaduna State for the continuous ban on religious gatherings in the state.

In the video, he criticized the Kaduna State Council of Ulamah for allowing what he described as a ‘small bird’ to be dictating to them.

A police officer privy to the arrest of Yabo said it was carried out by men of the Kaduna Police Command with the support of the Sokoto Command.

A reliable source in Kaduna told Daily Trust that his arrest was effected by police officers from Kaduna State command, adding that the cleric had been transferred to Kaduna to make a statement.

“He was arrested based on some allegations against him by the Kaduna State government. He is presently in Kaduna and I assure you there is no way he will be able to spend Sallah in Sokoto,” he said.

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