The journalist who revealed Governor Abdullahi Ganduje’s alleged “bribe video,” Jaafar Jaafar, has fled to the United Kingdom due to a threat to his life.
Jaafar told Premium Times that he moved to the UK with his family and will not return ‘until the coast is clear.’
“I’ll be here until this regime can guarantee my safety and protect freedom of the press.”
According to the paper, the publisher of Daily Nigerian fled to the United Kingdom less than a month after Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said those behind a video of him allegedly receiving bribes, which he characterised as “false,” would be brought to justice.
Speaking on BBC Hausa’s ‘Afada Acika,’ Kano state Governor said that the video was cloned.
“The video is fake and we are preparing to prove that. But I cannot preempt what we are doing with regard to that. I am assuring you this video is fake and all those that are behind it would be put to shame.”
After being accused of slander, Mr Jaafar was summoned for questioning by the Nigerian Police Force. Mr Ja’afar was accused of defaming the Inspector General of Police (IGP) in a letter signed by A.A Elleman, the head of the Inspector General of Police Monitoring unit, though the letter did not specify if it was the current acting IGP, Usman Alkali, or his predecessor, Mohammed Adamu.
Speaking from his hideout, Jaafar accused the police of attempting to arrest him upon arrival at its office, despite the fact that “there was never a time he mentioned either the former or current IGP in any of his stories.”