- Chairman of Chocolate City Entertainment Audu Maikori hasn’t forgotten about his ordeal in the hands of Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state
- So much so that he has taken El-Rufai, the Kaduna state government and the Nigeria police to court
- He is also asking for N10 billion in damages
Just when one thought all was well between Audu Maikori and Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state following his ordeal in jail on behest of the government, reports reaching NAIJ.com indicate that Audu has sued El-Rufai.
In a suit filed by his lawyers Ballason’s Chambers at the Federal High Court, Abuja, Maikori is asking for damages to the tune of N10billion.
According to details of the suit (FHC/ABJ/CS/385/17), which came up for hearing before Justice John Tsoho on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, Maikori is praying the court to enforce his fundamental rights against undue harassment and intimidation by the Kaduna State government, the State Governor and the Nigeria Police.
Mr. Maikori, an indigene of Southern Kaduna had been at the forefront of advocacy to bring the world’s attention to the carnage going on there following admittance by the Kaduna state governor that he had paid the Fulani herdsmen aggressors in the region to stop the killings.
He was arrested by the police on charges of incitement based on a petition by the Kaduna state government. It was attributed to a tweet which he later retracted and apologized for when he discovered his driver had lied to him. Apparently, his driver was trying to obtain money fraudulently from him.
After intense social media pressure, he was released on bail and subsequently cleared of any complicity by the police force headquarters only to be re-arrested again and whisked off to Kaduna after Governor El-Rufai publicly vowed to prosecute him during the Social Media Week 2017.
Following his detention for four days, he was charged to a Kaduna state Magistrate Court under Section 24 of the Cybercrime Act of 2015 but released on bail on medical grounds.
As at the time of publishing this report, governor El-Rufai and the Kaduna state government have not responded to Audu’s suit.
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