11/15/2021 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – According to the Christian Post, Luka Binniyat, a Nigerian Roman Catholic journalist and father who writes for the anti-communist Epoch Times, was arrested last week for his reporting about attacks against Christian communities in Nigeria.
“On Tuesday, Binniyat was arraigned at the Barnawa Magistrate’s Court in Kaduna state,” reported the news source. “He was charged with cyberstalking, a charge that critics say is often used in the African country to silence the media.”
The Christian Post interviewed Epoch Times Africa Desk Editor Doug Burton, who elaborated on the incident.
Burton attributed Binniyat’s arrest to an article he wrote on October 29th, titled “In Nigeria, Police Decry Massacres as ‘Wicked’ But Make No Arrests.” In the article, Binniyat described the ongoing slaughter of Christian farmers in Nigeria at the hands of Fulani militants.
Binniyat included a quote from a Nigerian senator, who accused the Kaduna government of “using Samuel Aruwan, a Christian, to cause confusion to cover up the genocide going on in Christian Southern Kaduna by describing the measure as a ‘clash’” as opposed to a targeted act of violence against Christians.
“What he [Binniyat] did there is he showed that the commissioner was projecting a false narrative,” Burton explained. “For this reason, I think the authorities, though they knew they would get pushback for prosecuting a dissident journalist, they decided they had to do it because … they want to shut his voice down.”
According to Burton, Binniyat was accused of cyberstalking Aruwan, a federal offense that has kept Binniyat from obtaining bail, therefore keeping him in jail.
On Monday morning, Binniyat “texted that he felt like his life was in danger,” Burton said. “He texted to another person; another journalist I know named John Shiklam. And Shiklam said he feared for his life.”
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