Kaduna government drags former NHRC Chairman to court


The Kaduna state government has filed a suit against Chidi Odinkalu, a former chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) for inciting public disturbance and giving false information.

In February, Odinkalu had accused Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna, of lying about the number of casualties and the timing of the attacks on Kajuru local government area of the state where the governor had pegged casualties at 66.

The government, in the suit filed at the chief magistrate’s court of Kaduna state, said Odinkalu committed an offence with his comments.

The government further asked that a cause of criminal summons be issued against Odinkalu for “inciting disturbance, injurious falsehood, public nuisance, and furnishing false information punishable under section 77, 373, 104, and 150 respectively of the Penal Code Law of Kaduna state, 2017”.

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