2019 Comment: El’rufai sues Bishop of Zaria with multiple defamation charges

By Chibuike Nwabuko

Abuja (Sundiata Post) – Governor, Nasir Elrufai has through its filed criminal against the Anglican Bishop of Zaria, Abiodun Ogunyemi.

The were filed based on the alleged “defamatory remarks” made against Governor in November 2019.

The Bishop was said to have criticized the governor over the plan to demolish St. George Cathedral in Zaria, a historical structure of 110 years old.

Though the bowed to pressure and backed down from its attempt to demolish the old cathedral.

But Bishop Ogunyemi was invited by the police and went through rigorous interrogation and later arraigned before a magistrate with consent from the Ministry of Justice.

The clergyman pleaded not guilty to the , and he was granted bail and the case adjourned to October 28, 2020.

The director for Public said that there is an ongoing negotiation between the parties to have a “Peaceful resolution” of the matter.

We can recall that in November 2019, when the Government of Mallam said that it was going to demolish the 110-year-old cathedral, Bishop Ogunyemi was quoted by The Cable as saying “any attempt to demolish any of the church’s property will be taken as an assault on

He added that Mallam El-Rufai is being groomed to take over from Mohammadu Buhari in but the Governor will never be .

These statements infuriated Governor El-Rufai and he subsequently took this legal action against the Bishop.

Source: The Cable

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