Kaduna Govt files criminal charges against Anglican Bishop of Zaria, Abiodun Ogunyemi for criticizing Gov El-Rufai

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Abiodun Ogunyemi, the Anglican bishop of Zaria diocese has been arraigned before a chief magistrate’s court in Kaduna over alleged“defamatory remarks” he made against Governor Nasir el-Rufai. 

The Bishop who was arraigned on charges bordering on criminal defamation, injurious falsehood and criminal intimidation, had criticised the governor over the planned demolition of 110-year-old St George Cathedral in Zaria. 

In a statement released in November 2019, Ogunyemi said that El-Rufai will never be president even though he is being groomed to take over from President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023. 

However upon being arraigned on, the Biship pleaded not guilty and was granted bail. A member of the Kaduna Synod and a canon of the cathedral church of St Michael Kaduna stood in as surety.

The director of public prosecutions hinted that a peaceful resolution of the case is ongoing and the defence counsel also agreed to this. 

The magistrate subsequently adjourned the case to October 28, 2020 for continuation.


  1. Leave the cleargy men out of politicals.
    And the cleargy men should stop hate speech about the politicians.
    They should just pray they change from there wrong ways

  2. This is the kind of stories one will be hearing in Nigeria
    So no one has the right again to air his or her own view over the actions of government
    Is it that El Rufai wants to kill the freedom of speech as it is embaded in the constitution
    This is quite unfair and should be stood against by all
    This case should be withdrawn please

  3. They (politicians) don’t want to hear the truth anymore because if you are telling them the truth, you will be their enemy. Therefore they do not want to hear the truth unless you will be persecuted.

  4. Politicians are not friendly with those who is telling them the truth, they are only in love with those who lies to them. What I can see here is constructive criticism not destructive criticism.

  5. Every encounter is an opportunity. If we always do what we’ve always done, we’ll always get what we’ve always got. Life is all about change

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