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Kaduna government denies knowledge of Dadiyata’s whereabouts

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Kaduna State Government has said it has no idea of the whereabouts of Abubakar Usman, also known as ‘Dadiyata’. There were allegations that the 34-year-old was abducted on August 2, 2019 by security men working for the state, following his public criticism of Governor Nasir el-Rufai.

But Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General, Aisha Dikko, insisted that the state was not involved in his reported abduction.

Her words: “Anything to the contrary is a vile assertion that seeks to stretch the fact that he was abducted within Kaduna State to mean the involvement of the state government.”

Dikko maintained that the state government neither filed any complaint against ‘Dadiyata’ with the police nor instituted a suit against him.

She added that every citizen the government had reason to suspect had been involved in incitement, injurious falsehood or criminal defamation and had been appropriately charged.

“A government that goes to court as the proper arena for deciding cases cannot be reasonably accused of not respecting the rule of law. Those who assert the contrary have the burden of showing how the rule of law can be advanced without the courts and whether society is better served by confusing incitement with freedom of speech.”

The statement, she noted, was issued to set the records straight on the spurious allegations made by certain persons that seek to traduce the rule of law by painting the ongoing judicial processes against some individuals as a violation of court processes.

“Steven Kefason and Segun Onibiyo. These cases are pending before the Chief Magistrate Court and the High Court of Kaduna State respectively. Both cases stem from incitement and injurious falsehood committed around the matter of the unfortunate kidnap and demise of Agom Adara in October 2018. Few days after the late Agom Adara was kidnapped, communal and religious crisis erupted in Kasuwan Magani, which led to loss of lives and properties in the area and prompted the state government to impose 24 hours curfew in the area.”

The communal and religious crises spread to Kaduna Metropolis, which also led to loss of lives and properties due to rumours on social media platforms.”


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