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Originally published Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 3:22 AM

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Man arrested for Facebook slur on Nigeria governor

Nigerian police say a man was jailed after making a Facebook comment that put a curse on a governor in northern Nigeria.

The Associated Press

LAGOS, Nigeria —

Nigerian police say a man was jailed after making a Facebook comment that put a curse on a governor in northern Nigeria.

A police spokesman says Moukhtar Ibrahim Aminu was arrested in Jigawa state for defamation after making the comment about Gov. Sule Lamido. The comment, posted Jan. 18 on the social networking website in the local Hausa language, said: "Allah curse Sule Lamido and all his useless friends."

Lamido's spokesman declined to immediately comment Wednesday.

The arrest comes as Nigeria approaches a crucial April presidential election. While newspapers do publish critical columns on politicians, bribes paid to journalists help control coverage in Africa's most populous nation. Those who don't fall in line often face threats and beatings.

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