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Friday 27th November 2020,
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Again, court adjourns hearing of journalist ‘threatened’ by El-Rufai

court adjourns hearing of journalist ‘threatened’ by El-Rufai

Hearing of the case involving journalist, Stephen Kefason, who was allegedly threatened by Kaduna governor, Nasir el-Rufai, was on Wednesday adjourned again at the instance of the court.

Mr Kefason,who was arrested in late May, has been detained since over allegations of criminal defamation, injurious falsehood, and disturbance of peace brought against him by a local government chairman in Kaduna State, Cafra Caino.

He is accused by Mr Caino of spreading falsehood against him on his social media accounts which allegedly “breached the peace of Mr Caino and that of Kajuru local government headed by Mr Caino.”

The posts reportedly suggested that Mr Caino engaged in lavish birthday partying “while bandits and other attackers forced his subjects in Kajuru to flee their homes and suffer in refugee camps.”

Mr Kefason was arraigned on June 13 and denied an initial bail application, while subsequent attempts have been hampered by repeated adjournments, his lawyer, Gloria Ballason, told PREMIUM TIMES.

Before the scheduled hearing on Wednesday, the matter had been postponed on September 26, at the instance of the court, Ms Ballason said.

Further ordeal

She added that Mr Kefason is also facing a separate trial at a Magistrate court, on similar allegations brought against him by the Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai.

According to a publication of the Punch Newspaper, Mr El-Rufai had threatened legal action against Mr Kefason over a Twitter post by the latter which the state governor described as false.

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