The head of Chocolate City Group, Audu Maikori, has slammed a N10 billion lawsuit against Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, accusing him of violation of human rights.
The suit was filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja, by Mr. Maikori’s lawyers, Ballason’s Chambers.
Justice John Tsoho presided over the case on Tuesday.
Mr. Maikori is praying the court to enforce his fundamental rights against undue harassment and intimidation by the Kaduna State government, Mr. El-Rufai and the Nigeria Police.
Mr. Maikori, 41, was first arrested in Lagos on February 17 after a petition was filed by the Kaduna State Government over a story he published on his social media pages that turned out to be false.
The story had to do with the purported 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, and said his (driver) brother was among the victims.
He was subsequently transferred to Force Headquarters in Abuja for interrogations. He was eventually released on bail and cleared of any complicity by the Police Force Headquarters.
He was then rearrested and taken to Kaduna where he was detained for four days before he was charged to court. He was granted bail on health grounds.
Mr. El-Rufai, had before his second arrest, vowed to prosecute Mr. Maikori at the fifth edition of Social Media Week in Lagos.