Audu Maikori will be prosecuted, El-Rufai‎ vows

Gov. El Rufai [Photo credit: Information Nigeria]

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State says the Chocolate City boss, Audu Maikori, and others will be prosecuted for their roles in the Southern Kaduna crisis.

The governor disclosed this while fielding questions at the “Technology as a Policy Imperative” session at the Social Media Week, Lagos 2017, on Friday.

The panel session reiterated the importance of an uncensored country.

Maikori was arrested and detained for 24hours for posting a false story on social media about the killing of five College of Education students in Southern Kaduna. The label boss later apologised for posting the story, adding that his driver relayed it to him saying his (driver) brother was among the victims.

He was arrested by the State Security Service on the grounds that his post was capable of inciting reprisal attacks and prolonging the Southerb Kaduna crisis.

“Audu Maikori rushed to publish a false story without checking with anyone. But before then, he had been posting fake pictures by posting Boko Haram attacks, Rwanda genocide as Southern Kaduna killings which elicited a lot of emotions on social media,” the Kaduna governor said.

“But more than that, 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. It is totally irresponsible to do that.

“And even when pointed out to him that this information is not true that the College of Education does not run a mass communication programme and that the school had been closed down since November, he still posted that he stands by his story.

“He questioned the authenticity of the press statement. He was totally and completely irresponsible. He is going to be prosecuted. He was arrested. His statement has been taken. A judge will decide his fate. It’s not Nasir El-Rufai and its nothing personal. I have nothing against him. He has worked with the state government in the past.

“Since we started going after people that are posting these fake pictures, we have had some sense of moderation. You cannot rush and use a platform like that without checking because there are two sides to this conflict because anything you post can elicit a reaction from one of the sides.

“So we should at least be sure that what we are posting is true. And there are ways of checking, call the police or other authorities. You are rushing to get re-tweets and followings without regards to the fact that what you are doing could lead to more violence or loss of lives.

“I am the governor of the state. I am not in this game to get following. My responsibility as governor of the state is to ensure the security of lives and property of the state and I will not allow anyone, even my own son, to do that kind of thing without consequence.”

Mr. El-Rufai also spoke, for the first time, on his 2012 Tweet that has been described as inciting by some.

“People are making reference to what I tweeted in 2012. What did I tweet? I tweeted that any person, soldier or not, that kills a Fulani, takes a debt that will be repayable in 100 years. It is a statement of fact. It is not a threat. It is not an incitement to violence and there is a context to it. In 2012, the General Officer commanding of 5 division of the Nigerian Army in Jos, gave an instruction that it behooves on the governor of Plateau state to wipe out two Fulani settlements just outside Jos on the suspicion that they have weapons.

The Governor of Plateau State reported this and the commander gave the order and I heard about it. I called and said please don’t do that. Go and surround the place and search for weapons. But that was not the objective. The objective was to remove them from the settlement because they are settlers and people that think that that land is their ancestral land, want to take the land. It is not because they had weapons.

“Now I know the nature of the nomadic Fulanis. My great great grand parents used to be such people. If you kill any of them unlawfully, they organise to take revenge no matter how long it takes. Now for me, the danger is that if the Nigerian Army goes and wipes out a Fulani settlement, any person wearing a Nigerian Army uniform in 14 West African countries is at risk because these Fulanis may have relations in Mali, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and word would go round that the Nigerian Army has created genocide against the Fulanis and anywhere you see a person wearing a Nigerian Army Uniform, is a target for retaliation and I warned the commander that this will happen.

“He did not listen and that is why I put it on the record so that when it starts happening, nobody would say he was not warned. Ultimately because of that tweet, the commander retracted his plan and they went and surrounded the settlement and searched for weapons and found none. To me, what I did averted a potential disaster but that is being put as if I tweeted something inciting anyone. If you don’t believe what I tweeted, go and do what the army wanted to do and see the consequences.

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  • ed

    The Fulani’s terrorist herdsmen that massacred thousands are free. El Rufai that paid the Fulani’s terrorist herdsmen is not only free but his prosecuting the man that made obviously correct but false reports based on information from his driver?
    What a shameful state of affairs,

    • AryLoyds

      El rufai the midget is trying to cover his failures and his shameless sins againts the people of southern kaduna , the blood of the over 800 people killed are going to hunt him till death.

      • musa aliyu

        Or the blood of a mosquito like U will soon be sacrificed, olodo!

        • AryLoyds

          God has already punished Rufai , he will do the same to you and your family.

    • Patriot01

      Where are your facts? Pls show it here.

      • Right Minded

        Which other fact do u need? Is it d fact that he paid Fulanis herdsmen? Hell Rufai even said it on Channels TV sunrise daily that he paid the Fulani herdsmen and he had no apology for that? Should that come out from the mouth of a sitting midget called governor?

        • musa aliyu

          Yes. Because U hate him, that hatred will kill U. He said he met the plan to pay the aggrieved Fulani’s, orchestrated by Yakowa, and he’s continuing that. Where is he wrong, dullard?

  • Shahokaya

    The southern Kaduna and plateau Christians always attack and kill Fulani when they are having issues with Hausa on power struggle. They steal their cows and failed to differentiate that a Fulani lives for his cows. He is not looking to be Councillor or Senator. His is trained to protect his animals and will go to any extent to revenge an attack. The adage live and lets live should be the guiding spirit in these areas.

    • systematic

      i can believe u to some siting tinks caus those fulani people the don’t have particular settlement the are just every were

    • ima

      Jos has overcome. Let the peace remain forever even if it means everybody maintain your lane or buy and sell with whom u like.

  • abodes_124

    Very strange that those who have done the actual killing are walking free and have even been paid money buy El Rufai to try and dissuade them from killing more Southern Kaduna residents [obviously to no avail]. However his main concern is a tweet by an indicidual to his Tweet followers which he is investigating to see if it led to the killing of any Fulanis so that he can ostensibly re charge him for murder and re arrest him.

    • systematic

      u are a big full. animal in human skin that is u, instead of u to speech peace u are here playing politics

      • vay

        U r the biggest full(fool). Dindinrin…..

    • musa aliyu

      Then go and handle them now, since U w the killers! Agbero

  • vay

    Imagine this murderer El ruffian saying he will prosecute someone. What of you abating your evil fulani murders from Chad,Cameroon n Nigeria to kill innocents people? Who will prosecute you

    • musa aliyu

      Innocent? What about the Fulani and their cattle they killed? Where we’re you I’d*it’s when it was happening? Mtchewww!!!

      • vay

        Twat,should ve be silent to terrorist bastard that u r but for the record I will reply u. I will say a prayer into your life,if u ever work to achieve anything good in ur miserable life,as fulanis do rear cattle to destroy poor innocent people’s farm may everything u ever work to achieve in life be destroyed by unseen forces. As you expect those poor people to be silent and allow ur murderous kinsmen(fulanis) to trample on innocent farmer source of livelihood, may u and your generation be powerless when agent of destruction come for you and every sympathiser of terrorism

  • M

    One thing is obvious, elrufai will never finish well. He will live a painful life, for using his office to kill God’s chosen.

  • Suleiman

    To the best of my knowledge, all retired and serving senior military officers of southern kaduna extraction are supporters of the apc. Gen. Agwai chairs the security committee. There are sk members of the house and none has spoken against the killings. The problem of sk is sk. The people have been abandoned by their elite, so don’t blame el Rufai. He is just doing what he was elected to to do, that is to destroy sk. Didn’t sk zumunta mata wear the hijab to announce they were now Muslims who support the apc? To overcome this midget, sk must put its act together. The governor knows sk is not united and that is why he can do anything he likes. Politics is a game of numbers and since sk has been disenfranchised even though the state is 50-50 they don’t have a voice. The number of constituencies and polling stations in the north far outnumber those in the south. This is why el-Rufai said their votes do not count and he can win without sk. Do you see any development going on in sk? Viola, sk has no stakes in the stare, period!

    • musa aliyu

      Them ask them to go to war with elrufai now? Nincompoop!

      • vay

        Who is nincompoop here? Twat bastard. Not only El ruffian ll surfer including all u blood sucking murderous bastard called fulanis. Haven’t you heard of ink is deadlier than guns? Non of your evil deeds will be allowed to be swept under carpet no more, the whole world ll see u murderers hausa/fulanis for terrorist which you are. Bastard

  • emmanuel

    El-Rufai must be prosecuted by ICC. He paid terrorist to carry out genocide in Kaduna state. The man is a satanist.
    He was out to reduce Southern Kaduna population ahead of 2019