Police not responsible for Audu Maikori’s arrest – Spokesperson

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

The police in Kaduna on Sunday denied being responsible for the arrest and incarceration of Audu Maikori, CEO of Chocolate City Entertainment, who has been at loggerheads with the Kaduna State government for alleged incitement to violence.

“We’re not aware of his arrest,” Kaduna police spokesperson, Aliyu Usman, told PREMIUM TIMES on Sunday afternoon.

The disclosure, which was made after two days of repeated enquiries from this newspaper, marked the first public statement by the police since Mr. Maikori was arrested on Friday morning for the second time in a month.

It came hours after Mr. Maikori’s lawyer told PREMIUM TIMES that the Kaduna State government had concluded plans to arraign him before a court on Monday morning.

PREMIUM TIMES had reported how the label executive was arrested by the police and subsequently taken to Kaduna, based on information provided by his lawyers.

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

Reports over the weekend, including tweets by the National Human Rights Commission, said police in Kaduna were holding Mr. Maikori at the State Criminal Investigation Department.

To be arraigned Monday— Lawyers

Similarly, John Danfulani, an associate of Mr. Maikori who is also standing in as one of his legal representatives, said he met the embattled label executive in a police facility along Ibrahim Taiwo Road, Kaduna.

“I was with Audu on Friday night. Left him at 8:30 p.m. in Ibrahim Taiwo Road cell,” Mr. Danfulani said.

Mr. Danfulani, a former lecturer at the Kaduna State University who is facing separate charges of incitement also brought against him by the Kaduna State government, said his friend will be arraigned on Monday.

“He will appear in court tomorrow,” Mr. Danfulani said.

Although the police vehemently denied playing any role in detaining Mr. Maikori, a highly-placed source within the organisation said other law enforcement agencies, especially the State Security Service, might be responsible.

“Other government agencies, like the SSS, might have arrested him and placed him in a police cell,” the source told PREMIUM TIMES in Abuja on Sunday.

PREMIUM TIMES could not independently confirm that SSS executed Mr. Maikori’s arrest. The agency’s refusal to appoint a spokesperson running close to two years made it impossible to get clarification.

Threats of prosecution

Mr. Maikori’s latest ordeal comes about 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.”

The governor’s spokesperson, Samuel Aruwan, did not pick or return calls seeking to clarify if the governor ordered ‎Mr. Maikori’s latest arrest.

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.

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

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


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  • amazing2012

    Take him to court to face the music !

    • Maverick

      Mtchew!

    • Ade

      “Chinese Communist Party officials harden rhetoric on Islam

      China’s ruling Communist Party is hardening its rhetoric on Islam, with top officials making repeated warnings about the specter of global religious extremism seeping into the country and the need to protect traditional Chinese identity.

      Shaerheti Ahan, a top political and legal affairs party official in Xinjiang, on Sunday became the latest official from a predominantly Muslim region to warn political leaders gathered in Beijing for this month’s National People’s Congress about China becoming destabilized by the “international anti-terror situation.”

      Islam is a endorsed by the devil the satan.

    • Ade

      “Chinese Communist Party officials harden rhetoric on Islam

      China’s ruling Communist Party is hardening its rhetoric on Islam, with top officials making repeated warnings about the specter of global religious extremism seeping into the country and the need to protect traditional Chinese identity.

      Islam is a endorsed by the devil the satan.

      • amazing2012

        You confirmed the unity between Christians and other pagans all over the world against only one God faith !
        Christians living with Jews = No Problem
        BECAUSE THEY ARE THE SAME !
        Jews living with Buddhists = No Problem
        BECAUSE THEY ARE THE SAME !
        Buddhists living with Shintos = No Problem
        BECAUSE THEY ARE THE SAME !
        Shintos living with Atheists = No Problem
        BECAUSE THEY ARE THE SAME !
        Atheists living with Confucians = No Problem BECAUSE THEY ARE THE SAME !
        Confusians living with Hindus = No Problem Muslims living with Hindus = Problem
        BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT TGE SAME
        Muslims living with Buddhists = Problem
        BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT TGE SAME
        Muslims living with Christians = Problem
        BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT TGE SAME
        Muslims living with Jews = Problem
        BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT TGE SAME
        Muslims living with Sikhs = Problem
        BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT TGE SAME
        Muslims living with Baha’is = Problem
        BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT TGE SAME
        Muslims living with Shintos = Problem
        BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT TGE SAME
        Muslims living with Atheists = Problem
        BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT THE SAME
        “For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.”Psalms 96:5
        MUSLIMS LIVING WITH MUSLIMS = BIG
        PROBLEM*(because good one must come out of bad )
        *DO YOU THINK IF JESUS IS ALIVE WILL LIVE PEACEFULLY WITH THE ABOVE RELIGIONS ?
        “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
        -2 Corinthians p6:14

        • Ade

          Keep deceiving yourself. They don’t want you because you are violent and terrorists like the fake prophet Mohammed
          not because you are just Muslims.

          Nobody wants to live with terrorists, that thinks is superior to people that host them and wants to impose sharia law.

          • amazing2012

            It is not new to us, pagans (Christians) are frequent in mocking people if they can mock their God. Recently a thief who served jailed term in UK was recieved with fanfare and refer to “Jesus”. Is Jesus a thief ?
            The worst is at the laighter clubs where Jesus is mocked and other pagans laugh out of it!!

        • Guest

          phew!!
          ??????
          I thought you have gone for good, but alas, you have reappeared again, this time much more kolo!!
          By the way, any chance you may be Buhari???????????

          • amazing2012

            I am not a politician, nor am i working with government and never wish to rule over a nation with chrisitians sadists that sabotage government in order to achieve political success.
            Christians are cancer !

      • marcos avelino

        Sick man where was yr jesus for 1900 years he did not showup in nigeria ntil john holt needed palm oil. Was he hangin in the air when 20 million yorubas and ibos were shipped to america for slavery ? Where is his love an saving !! . useless morn

  • abodes_124

    The darkness descends again. GMB is back. His goons are emboldened. A man is arrested and locked up and the police deny knowledge of holding him. If he ‘disappears’ the state will deny ever having him.

  • Carol Ajie

    Was he abducted from St. Nicholas his hospital bed in Lagos. This is Dark. Black Lives Matter