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Daily Nigeria Publisher, Jaafar Jaafar ‘goes into hiding’ after security threats

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The publisher of Daily Nigerian, Jaafar Jaafar, has fled his house and gone into hiding after receiving several security threats, PRNigeria reported.

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“Ja’afar’s life is in danger as unidentified persons, likely to be ‘hit men’, have been stalking him both at his Abuja and Kano residences,” a close media associate of the publisher, who prefers anonymity, told PRNigeria.

Jaafar had published video clips of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano in October 2018, allegedly showing him collecting kickbacks in dollars from a contractor.

Following the governor’s recent interview with BBC Hausa on Friday, March 19, where he said that they were making plans to deal with those who released the videos, Jaafar wrote a petition to the former Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu on the renewed threats to his life.

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Prior to his ‘disappearance’, PRNigeria gathered that the IGP Monitoring Unit, had in a letter dated 14 April 2021, invited the Daily Nigerian publisher for questioning alleging that he was inciting violence and spreading injurious falsehood to the Inspector General of Police.

In the letter signed by ACP A. A. Elleman, the Monitoring Unit said that “This office is investigating a case of Criminal Conspiracy, Defamation, Injurious Falsehood and Inciting Violence to the Inspector General of Police in which your name featured.

“In view of the foregoing, you are kindly requested to interview the undersigned on Monday 19th April 2021 by 10.00am prompt through SP Usman Garba (Admin Officer) to shed more light on the allegation.

“Your cooperation in this regard would be highly appreciated, please,” part of the letter reads. Attempt to reach Police Force Spokesperson, CP Frank Mba, for reaction, was unsuccessful at the time of filing this report.

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