Armed police officers raided the DAILY NIGERIAN newspaper’s Abuja headquarters in search of its publisher, Jaafar Jaafar.
In October 2018, the DAILY NIGERIAN released video footage of Kano Governor Abdullahi Ganduje stuffing bundles of dollars into his pockets, allegedly as a bribe from a contractor.
In an interview with BBC Hausa on March 19, the governor said he was working on a strategy to deal with those who posted the recordings.
Mr Jaafar then wrote to the then-Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to express his concern about new threats to his safety.
The publisher said he’s been seeing strange movements around his Abuja and Kano homes since the governor’s threat.
On Thursday, April 15, a squad of four police officers raided the DAILY NIGERIAN office in Abuja, searching for Mr Jaafar, who had gone out for an official engagement at the time.
Three police officers entered the newsroom, and another officer stationed himself outside the building, perhaps anticipating some opposition to detention, according to our source who was watching the officers’ movements.“When they noticed that our Editor-In-Chief was actually not in the office, they then dropped a letter inviting him to the force headquarters for questioning,” Ibrahim Ramalan, the newspaper’s associate editor said.
In the letter signed by ACP A. A. Elleman, the head of the recently-disbanded IGP 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.
Responding from his hideout, Mr Jaafar said he learnt on good authority that the police were planning to file “cybercrime charges” against him for exposing the governor’s corruption