The publisher of Daily Nigerian, Jaafar Jaafar, who published the controversial Gandollar videos, has fled his home and gone into hiding after receiving several security threats, according to PRNigeria.
It comes shortly before he was to appear before police investigating “criminal conspiracy, defamation, injurious falsehood and inciting violence”.
“Ja’afar’s life is in danger as unidentified persons, likely to be ‘hit men’, have been stalking him both at his Abuja and Kano residences,” PR quoted a close associate of Jaafar as saying.
The journalist had published video clips of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano in October 2018, allegedly showing him collecting dollars bribery from a contractor.
In March, he petitioned then Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu on renewed threats to his life.
It follows Ganduje’s interview with BBC Hausa on March 19 in which he spoke of plans to deal with those who released the videos.
Before his disappearance, IGP monitoring unit had invited Jaafar for questioning on allegations he was inciting violence and spreading injurious falsehood.
He was to appear by 10am on April 19.
Daily Trust has reached out to the police but has not been able to independently verify the situation.