CHRISTIAN BREAKING NEWS: Who is Rhoda Jatau? Christian Woman Jailed for ‘Blasphemy’ for 19 Months over WhatsApp Message Condemning Murder of Christian Student – Released on Temporary Bail but Faces 10-Year Jail Sentence in Nigeria [#RhodaJatau]
According to accounts, a Christian woman convicted under Nigeria’s blasphemy legislation has been freed on bond after 19 months, although she faces a 10-year jail sentence for allegedly posting a social media post about the death of a Christian woman.
Rhoda Ya’u Jatau, a 45-year-old mother of 5, was granted bail on Saturday (Dec. 9) as a result of pressure from Nigerian Christian leaders and international human rights activists.
Alliance Defending Freedom International (ADF) is assisting her Nigerian lawyer.
After Jatau was imprisoned in May 2022 for allegedly sharing a video on WhatsApp condemning the killing of Deborah Emmanuel Samuel, a Nigerian university student who was set on fire and killed by her classmates for sharing her Christian faith, a judge of the Bauchi State High Court of Justice granted bail.
According to ADF International, Jatau has been regularly denied bail and held incommunicado, with only intermittent access to legal counsel and family members during court hearings.
Previously, a Bauchi state judge declined to dismiss the case after Jatau’s attorneys filed a “no case submission” arguing that prosecutors had not proved the fundamental parts of their case against her.
United Nations officials submitted a joint accusation letter to the Nigerian government earlier this year in response to petitions from ADF International and other religious freedom advocacy organizations.
According to ADF International, the letter underscored the dangers of blasphemy laws as a breach of international human rights and brought attention to Jatau’s unfair imprisonment.
According to ADF International, Jatau’s trial was set to continue on Tuesday (Dec. 19), but holiday scheduling might put the next court date till 2024.
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Christian Daily International / Morning Star News
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