Barely three months out of jail, Luka Binniyat risks being imprisoned again. Binniyat, a journalist and human rights activist who has been repeatedly jailed for his reporting on massacres of Christians in Kaduna state, has been summoned to appear in court again on Friday, to answer for charges that date to 2017. His supporters fear that his bail will be revoked, and that he will be returned to prison.
After spending three months in prison for his reporting, Luka Binniyat was finally released on bail on 3 February 2022. Just as he was being released, his hometown, Zaman Dabo, was attacked. In this video, he shows us his family compound and tells us about the family members he lost in the attack.
On 4 November 2021, the Christian journalist and human rights activist Luka Binniyat was arrested for a report he had written about a massacre of Christians in his home state of Kaduna. He was charged with “cyberstalking” and held in prison for three months, before he was finally released on bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for 16 March.
On 2 March, Christian Solidarity International’s Joel Veldkamp sat down with Luka at St. Andrew’s Cathedral, near his hometown.
Interview with Jonathan Asake, President of the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union.
For seven years, Christian communities in the south of Nigeria’s Kaduna State have been under increasing attack by Fulani Muslim militias. Massacres, kidnappings, and forced displacements have taken place on a massive scale. CSI recently spoke to Jonathan Asake, president of the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, which is working to draw attention to this hidden crisis.
Luka Binniyat, a journalist and human rights activist from Kaduna State in Nigeria, spent three months in jail on trumped-up charges linked to his reporting on Fulani militia attacks on Christians in his state. Just days after his release on 3 February, Binniyat spoke to CSI about the events that led up to his arrest, the “evil” being meted out to Christians in Kaduna State, and the horrors of prison life in Nigeria.
On 3 February, Luka Binniyat was finally released from detention, a week after he received bail.
On 31 January, Nigeria Report published the article below, explaining the difficult bail conditions imposed on Binniyat by the federal court handling his case.
Luka Binniyat, a journalist and human rights activist from southern Kaduna State in Nigeria, has been jailed since 4 November for his reporting on Fulani violence against Christians in the state. His detention has caused an outcry from defenders of freedom of the press across Nigeria and beyond.
The Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU), has called on the Kaduna State government to immediately and unconditionally release detained journalist and human rights activist Luka Binniyat. The call came at a protest march which took place at the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) council headquarters in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, on Saturday 18 December 2021.
Christian Solidarity International today called on President Joe Biden to intervene in the case of Luka Binniyat, a Nigerian Christian journalist who has been imprisoned for nearly a month for his reporting on massacres of Christians in his native Kaduna state.
In a letter sent to the president on Wednesday, CSI’s international president, Dr. John Eibner, asked Biden to use his “Summit for Democracy” next week to urge Nigerian President Mohammadu Buhari to release Binniyat.