The legal battle between the Epoch Times New York, Nigeria correspondent Mr Luka Binniyat and the Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs Kaduna state Mr Samuel Aruwan took a different dimension on Wednesday when the Senator representing Kaduna South, Danjuma Laah failed to appear in court.
This is coming just as Journalist Binniyat told the court that it is Aruwan that is seeking his imprisonment after he was detained for more than 80 days without trial in a proper court.
The case suffered another setback following inability of the prosecution’s principal witness to appear at the federal high court sitting in Kaduna state on Tuesday.
Binniyat who is also the spokesman of Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU), was charged under cyber crimes act for cyber stalking being the basic allegation against him.
When the case came up on Tuesday for continuation of hearing at the federal high court Kaduna, the prosecutor could not produce the last witness in court, and the matter was adjourned to September 5th 2022, by the presiding judge, Justice Mohammed Garba.
Speaking to Journalists at the end of the session, Counsels to the defendant, Ehizogie Fedelis Imadojemu and Emmanuel Kolawole Atteh said the parties involved in the prosecution of Binniyat include the state commissioner of internal security and home affairs Samuel Aruwan, the state and the federal government of Nigeria.
“The prosecution has alluded to the fact that they may be forced to close their case if the last witness does not show up. So if they do, they’ll at that point, decide our next step in defense.
“The prosecutor is the Attorney General of Kaduna state, although the party is the federal republic of Nigeria. The nominal complainant actually is Mr Samuel Aruwan”, Edojemu said.
The defendant, Binniyat, told journalists in an interview that he is being prosecuted by Mr Samuel Aruwan over a story he reported sometime last year 2021 in Epoch Times New York.
He said Aruwan alleged that the story jeopardized his security and that of his family.
“All the six trials I’m going through has got to do directly with the stories about the Southern Kaduna genocide carried out by armed Fulani herdsmen.
“These are the six judges I’m facing under this regime. I’ve been to prison six times, in various notorious police detention centres including CID Gabsawa police station.
“I’ve continuously been in trial since this government came into office since 2016 and a total of half a year spent in prison”, Binniyat said, adding that he no longer felt secure and was worrying all the time about the security of himself and that of his family.
Binniyat added that even though the cyber stalking is a federal government law, “Aruwan is the one who is seeking my imprisonment.”