|Jaafar Jaafar , in an email letter sent to Kosofe post , the|
investigative journalist and editor in chief of the Daily Nigerian, an online publication based in Abuja asked the people of kosofe and Nigeria to prevail on Kano Governor to drop charges against for discharging its duty as a journalist.
Jafar Jafar letter
My name is Jaafar Jaafar and I’m an investigative journalist and editor in chief of the Daily Nigerian, an online publication based in Abuja.
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 were 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.
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 the Kano state government to drop all charges against me.They must stop prosecuting and harassing journalists.
Jaafar Jaafar, Investigative journalist in Nigeria