Jaafar Jaafar, a Nigerian journalist who revealed a bribery video of Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, has fled to the United Kingdom due to suspected threats to his life.
Jaafar moved to Europe with his family and will not return to the country “until the coast is clear,” according to Premium Times.
The Daily Nigerian publisher was recently summoned by police for alleged character defamation, but he stated that he would only return to Nigeria if the government guaranteed his protection.
On April 19, SaharaReporters announced that Jaafar, who exposed a video in 2018 showing Ganduje stuffing dollars in his pockets, had fled his Kano and Abuja residences due to recent death threats.
SaharaReporters has learned that Jaafar is currently in hiding, and one of his close associates has confirmed that some unknown individuals have been on his trail for some time.
“The journalist is no longer at home.” “He is in danger because some unidentified individuals, most likely hit men, have been following his movements at both his Abuja and Kano residences,” the source said.
According to reports, the Inspector-General of Police Monitoring Unit, in a letter dated April 14, summoned the Daily Nigerian publisher for questioning, accusing him of stirring violence and spreading harmful falsehood.
The Monitoring Unit said in a letter signed by ACP A. A. Elleman, “This office is investigating a case of Criminal Conspiracy, Defamation, Injurious Falsehood, and Inciting Violence to the IGP in which your name featured.”
“In light of the above, you are kindly requested to interview the undersigned on Monday, April 19, at 10 a.m., through SP Usman Garba (Admin Officer), to shed more light on the accusation.
“Your assistance in this respect will be greatly appreciated.”
On March 22, SaharaReporters announced that Jaafar had cried out that the governor should be held accountable if something bad happened to him.
In a recent interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation Hausa, Ganduje said that the government was planning to deal with those who released the videos.
In response to the renewed attacks, the journalist petitioned Adamu’s Inspector General, Mohammed Adamu, through his lawyer, Barrister Abdullahi Gumel.
Speaking through his lawyer, Jaafar said that, despite the fact that Ganduje is the current governor and a member of the ruling party, the IGP will treat the matter professionally and faithfully