Again, police arrest Audu Maikori, Chocolate City boss

Audu Maikori [Photo credit: www.trendysturvsblog.com]
Audu Maikori [Photo credit: www.trendysturvsblog.com]

The police have again arrested Audu Maikori, CEO of Chocolate City Entertainment, his lawyer said Friday.

The development came exactly three weeks after Mr. Maikori was first arrested in Lagos and detained for 24 hours in Abuja on allegations of posting “inciting” materials on the Internet.

Mark Jacobs, the label executive’s attorney, said his client was arrested on Friday morning and transported to Kaduna.

“I am aware that the police in Abuja are taking Audu to Kaduna,” Mr. Jacobs told PREMIUM TIMES Friday afternoon.

The police in Abuja and Kaduna did not immediately respond to PREMIUM TIMES’ requests for comments on the situation Friday afternoon.

Mr. Maikori’s latest ordeal comes exactly a week after Governor Nasir El-Rufai pledged to ensure his thorough prosecution for allegedly circulating inflammatory materials capable of exacerbating the deadly conflict in Southern Kaduna.

“What he posted may have led to killings and we are trying to link the dates of the posting to attacks that may have happened the next day on Fulanis and if we are able to establish that causation, as lawyers, we know what it means,” Mr. El-Rufai said in Lagos March 4. “It is totally irresponsible to do that.”

Mr. Maikori, 41, was first arrested in Lagos in the afternoon of February 17 for allegedly trying to “incite” the public. He was subsequently transferred to Force Headquarters in Abuja for interrogations.

Mr. Jacobs said the arrest was in connection with a series of tweets posted by Mr. Maikori about seven weeks ago in which he alleged the killing of some Southern Kaduna students by Fulani herdsmen.

But details of the tweets, which Mr. Maikori said were obtained from his driver, turned out to be false, earning him vicious social media backlash.

Mr. Maikori later retracted and apologised for the false information.

A magistrate in Kaduna issued a warrant for his arrest, his lawyer said.

He was released on bail February 18, but the police said he “will be charged to court promptly.”

Police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, told PREMIUM TIMES investigations were underway and Mr. Maikori will be arraigned after preliminary findings.

“You know investigation is a scientific approach —to actually tell the court that ‘this is the person that committed so, so and so offence’. So there’s no timeline for conclusion of investigation,” he said at the time.

Mr. Jacobs told PREMIUM TIMES today that his client was released because the police “found nothing substantial to warrant prosecution.”

It was not immediately clear if Mr. El-Rufai was involved in today’s arrest—or if it was based on the same pretexts for which he was first arrested. The governor’s spokesperson, Samuel Aruwan, did not respond to PREMIUM TIMES’ inquiries.

The news immediately sent the entertainment executive trending at number one again on Nigerian Twitter Friday afternoon, but Nigerians were initially divided on the essence of his arrest.

Over 200 have been killed and thousands more displaced in the latest violence between Fulani herdsmen and southern Kaduna residents, according to official estimates.

A curfew Mr. El-Rufai imposed in Zangon Kataf was relaxed mid-last month. But a fresh one that was imposed in another local government a few days apart was yet to be lifted.

Mr. El-Rufai said the attackers were herdsmen from neighbouring countries who had returned to avenge attacks on their relatives and livestock back in 2011.

The governor came under fire after admitting he had sent payments to the attackers to compensate for their losses, as part of efforts by his government to end the bloodshed.

A foundation laid by the Nigerian Army for the construction of a military base in the area was destroyed last month.


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  • Usar Thomas

    Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders have claimed responsibility for killings in Benue, Plateau and many other places but no one has been arrested or prosecuted and they are all known. This is no justice at all. This country belongs to all of us. we all have the right to life Fulani herdsmen are not more Nigerian than the farmers they kill without consequences. Enough of the one sided justice.

    • Moore

      We should insist that Miyetti Allah Cattle breeders that admitted killing people should be jailed. We cannot use that to demand that the hate messages tweeter above should not be arrested for that reason. Everyone that incites or perpetrates violence should be severely dealt with before we cause another civil war. the first civil war was caused by irresponsible actions and inciting comments of few. Alas millions of innocent people died.

      • Solomon Brown

        I do agree with your comment.
        Don’t you think the same law applies to el Rufai who got on air to issue threats about how they’d be reprisals, if anyone ever attacked any fulani? There’s enough blame to go around here as I’m yet to see your outrage at Rufai’s inflammatory utterances and act of compensating murderers.

      • Usar Thomas

        I appreciate your candid submission. My comment is in no way a defense of Audu Maikori, but a call for all round justice. All Nigerians deserve protection in the same way El-Rufi is protecting and paying off people who have openly admitted to killing other Nigerians. This has a higher tendency to fuel war and separatist agitations than the act of one who erroneously raised an alarm is being prosecuted.

  • Jay

    PremiumTimes, this is a shameless biased report. You should be reporting events and not infer or suggest motives, I hope you’re still a media organisation

  • Shahokaya

    The guy should answer for his crime. Knowing fully well he was inciting violence , he want to play ethnic cum religious card to win sympathy from gullible people. How can a sensible person post pictures of Congo and Central Africa violence and claim they are pictures of what happens in his village?

  • amazing2012

    This man must go to jail to serve as lesson to others. Christians are very good in fabricating lies and believe in it.

    • Chris

      To be really honest with you. It is very wrong to generalize any religion. You do not generalize a whole religion as people who lie and fabricate things as you are doing now. Its just like saying in a family where there is only one black sheep and for this every one in the family are evil. This is part of the problem we have in this country, we generalize a lot without checking out the consequences just because we can say anything comfortably in front of our computers. Please lets stop this stereotype its not helping matters. Not when something happens, we start to point fingers at some religion what happened to an individual answering for his or her own mistakes with out linking them back to their religion you are not even sure he or she practices. This is not right.

      • amazing2012

        .:.That is exactly in the case of Muslim and Islam. If this Satan is a Muslim, the Christians would have formed groups and “hashtag” the situation, use media and “antichrist” organizations against him.
        The Christians will have generalize all Muslims worldwide as fabricators of lies. Remember, Christians generalized every Muslim as terrorists !
        I generalized every Christian same way they generalized every Muslim.

        • An eye for an eye leave the whole village blind.

          • Fred Duke

            Yes o

          • amazing2012

            ..is that what the bible says ?

        • Fred Duke

          Keep on generalizing. Christians will not attack you, because Christians are not savages. But I wonder why you dish to Christians when you can’t eat it. Have u ever heard a Christian terrorist organizations before? Alqaeda, boko haram, etc… You’re always free to say whatever u like abt Christians but when Christians say things about ur religions, you start burning churches and killing people all over. Are you guys savages?

        • Solomon Brown

          Your thought pattern is as narrow as they come from your neck of the woods. No disrespect, but if you are going to paint with a broad don’t complain when you get paint on your clothes. First of most Christians don’t consider all Moslems as terrorists, there is about a billion Moslems with a single digit percentage points who are in fact terrorists. Secondly 66% of Moslems in Nigeria have a negative view of Isis, these are the findings of those so called “Christians”. Do some research and stop with those generalizations.

        • Chris

          Brother you are still generalizing things again by saying because some christians (by the way who do not represent the views of all other christians world wide) say all muslims are terrorists therefore in retaliation you generalize something back to make it even. My brother two wrongs don’t make a right. Be it christians or muslims no one is right when generalizing things. Besides its not possible for every christians to just put all muslims in one box calling them terrorists. People doing that, either christians who call all muslims terrorists or muslims who say all christians lie are ignorant of the fact that you cannot put everyone inside one box. And you saying because there are people who generalize that all muslims are terrorists then that means you also have to generalize something about all christians does not make things correct my brother. Be the change of that perception. Just thought i point this out to you. We should try and come together to get this country moving forward not all these wahala and sentiments on religion we usually have because its exactly what pushing and holding us all back. We all do things in this country and say God is in control forgetting that God helps those who help themselves. So in other words we do what we are supposed to do then pray to God for it to pull through if what we are doing is genuine.

    • So atheism, buddhism, hinduism, monotheism, paganism, polytheism, shinto, sikhism, taoism, theism, theology theosophy, wicca, muslim are all excluded from “fabrication”?

      • amazing2012

        …so because you believed these religions also fabricates lies then Christians should do so to creates death of millions ?

        • No i do not believe nor presume to know enough has to sit in any region’s judgment.

    • Fred Duke

      Have u ever seen seen someone who have married 7 virgins in paradise after killing “infidels” who were preaching in church? If not, then some religions are based on falsehoods. The real foundation of certain religions in Nigeria is falsehood. If the Constitution, the main law of the land forbids killing and people are busy killing others based on one religion’s lies, then the adherents of such religion need psychiatric evaluation.

  • easyman16

    El rufy must be arrested, investigatedand prosecuted to produce the fulani killers that he paid to stoo killiner Christians

  • omnia1

    Atheists living with Baha’is = No Problem
    Baha’is living with Buddhists = No Problem
    Buddhists living with Christians = No Problem
    Christians living with Confucians = No Problem
    Confusians living with Hindus = No Problem
    Hindus living with Jains = No Problem
    Jains living with Jews = No Problem
    Jews living with Shintos = No Problem
    Shintos living with Sikhs = No Problem
    Sikhs living with Traditionalists = No Problem
    Traditionalists living with Zoroastrians = No Problem
    Muslims living with Baha’is = Problem
    Muslims living with Buddhists = Problem
    Muslims living with Confucians = Problem
    Muslims living with Hindus = Problem
    Muslims living with Jains = Problem
    Muslims living with Jews = Problem
    Muslims living with Shintos = Problem
    Muslims living with Sikhs = Problem
    Muslims living with Traditionalists = Problem
    Muslims living with Zoroastrians = Problem
    Muslims living with Christians = BIG PROBLEM
    MUSLIMS LIVING WITH MUSLIMS = THE BIGGEST PROBLEM
    Let us all face the reality, Islam is a plague on mankind!!