Stop harassing Jaafar for exposing corruption – Amnesty International tells Kano govt

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, Nigeria on Wednesday launched a campaign worldwide to collect signatures to stop the prosecution of Nigerian journalist, Jaafar Jaafar, Editor of Nigerian Daily, the online newspaper that published two videos that exposed Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje where he allegedly received bribes from contractors.

The global human rights group was reacting to the criminal charges instituted against Jaafar by the Kano state government for exposing alleged videos of the Kano State governor collecting bribe to the public.

Amnesty International, appealed to lovers of human rights around the world to put pressure on the state, and Nigeria by signing the petition to stop the prosecution and intimidation of the family of the investigative journalist.


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In a statement, Jaafar recounted his ordeal since the videos were published, that led to his appearance before an investigative panel of the Kano State House of Assembly, alongside threats and harassments to him and members of his family.

“In October last year, I published two videos where a serving governor in one of Nigeria’s northern states, appeared to be receiving bribes from contractors.

“Shortly after, I was requested to testify before the Kano State House of Assembly, who was investigating the authenticity of the videos.






     

     

    “They were willing to give me whatever amount I proposed, but I refused to engage in negotiations. One government official even suggested that if I was to take the videos down, I could receive as much as 5 million dollars – the same amount as the alleged bribe in the videos,” the statement made available to The ICIR highlighted.

    “On the day of the hearing, the authorities allowed school pupils to come out and protest against me. There were also a lot of hoodlums or political thugs outside the assembly house and they attacked some of the people who came in solidarity with me. These are the extents to which the authorities went to harass me and my supporters.

    My family and I have also been receiving threats since then. I continued to do my job as a journalist, but I still face charges in court. Please tell Kano State government to drop all charges against me. They must stop prosecuting and harassing journalists,” Jaafar concluded.

    In a tweet, Amnesty International called for solidarity to intensify pressure on the Nigerian government to refrain from acts of intimidation to him and members of his family.

    Amos Abba is a journalist with the International Center for Investigative Reporting, ICIR, who believes that courageous investigative reporting is the key to social justice and accountability in the society.

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