- Chocolate City boss Audu Maikori's driver lies to him about the Kaduna state College of Education killing by Fulani herdsmen
- His driver says he plans to make money off the music label boss because of his role in fighting the cause of the Southern Kaduna people
- The driver has lied that his brother was killed by the herdsmen to his boss which made the boss tweet the non existing killings and calling out the state government
The driver of Chocolate City boss Audu Maikori has put him in trouble over the allegation of students of Kaduna College of Education he alleged were killed by Fulani herdsmen on Friday, 27 January, 2017.
This has made Maikori, who had publicized the killings trusting his driver to now tender an apology to Kaduna state governor Mallam Nasir El-Rufai over the false tweet that five students of Kaduna state College of Education, Gidan Waya, were killed by Fulani herdsmen. But for the statement issued by the school authority and Kaduna state government, Maikori would have been fighting a baseless cause.
Excerpt of Maikori’s statement:
"My driver Simon Joseph had travelled to the village to attend his younger brother's burial and on his return on Monday, the 30th of January 2017, I asked him for pictures from the burial, the ID card of his brother and also pictures of the casket so I could submit to the authorities and he told me that he had phone issues so he could not store pictures on his phone. He told me, however, that his sister had the pictures on her phone and I proceeded to give him money to go to Ikeja to get the pictures from his sister, so I could present these to clear my name. He didn’t return till evening, and when he did, it was without the said pictures.
At this point, I began to strongly suspect foul play. I again questioned him about the veracity of his story to which he swore on the bible that his brother was dead and even began to shed tears."
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Suspecting foul play in his driver’s actions, he took him and his relatives to Lekki police station on February 2 where he later confessed to lying to his employer so as to get some money off him. The music label boss explains further:
"When we got to the station, he maintained his story about the deaths being real and how he was being blackmailed until the police officers at the station explained to him that he could be arrested. He then confessed and said he was just trying to collect money from me; that he knew that I was involved in the advocacy on the Southern Kaduna crisis and he wanted to ride on that to obtain money from me under the pretext of burial."
Apologising to the concerned authorities, he wrote:
"I naively assumed that no one in his right mind would lie about the death of a human being, especially if that person was/is his younger brother.
Consequently, I hereby tender an unreserved and sincere apology to the management of College of Education, Gidan Waya, the governor of Kaduna state, the Kaduna state government, and also to the people of Southern Kaduna and the Fulani community for the false statement by my driver which I also publicized believing same to be true.
"I make this statement with all sense of responsibility realizing that by openly admitting what transpired, people may begin to doubt my credibility and that of my statements in future… this is a risk I am willing to take, but I would rather tell the truth about the situation that suppresses it."
Despite tendering an apology, Maikori said this does not mean he will abandoned the cause of his people, the Southern Kaduna and the troubles plaguing them. He said his apology is strictly limited to the alleged incident at the College of Education.