Police Detains Man for Accusing El-Rufai of Owning Cash, Dubai Property
The family of one Abdullahi Barazana yesterday alleged that Barazana had been picked up by the Nigeria Police in Kaduna and was detained and tortured for making statements on a radio station, political programme, in which he claimed that Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State had cash and property in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
According to the family source, the Police said that the allegation of Barazana was capable of inciting Kaduna populace.
Kaduna State Police Spokesman, DSP Zubairu Abubakar, when contacted over the issue, expressed doubt if such development ever took place, but promised to contact police detention facilities in the state and reach back to our reporter, six hours before this report was filed.
According to a family source, Barazana, who used car dealer with A.U. Motors on Ali Akilu Road, Kaduna, was invited to a Hausa programme on Freedom Radio called, “Kowane Gauta,” anchored by Babangida Abdullahi. The programme is popular among Hausa listeners for hosting groups and persons with strong opposing political views and interests.
Said the source: “He spoke at the Kaduna Freedom Radio FM last Thursday and he said that President Mohammadu Buhari has done well by going to Dubai to sign an agreement with that government for all Nigeria’s money that have been stolen to return back to Nigeria. He said he was sure that Buhari was not corrupt but that El-Rufai has houses and money in Dubai.
“My brother opened the eyes of people by revealing that the reason why El-Rufai travelled to Dubai after Buhari came back was for El-Rufai to go and change the ownership of his property and assets to other names so that he will not be caught.
“Then on Friday, the Police came and arrested him in his shop. At first we did not know where he was taken to, but we later learnt that they took him to the SSS and then transferred him to Gabasawa Police Station. They said his talk can cause problem in the state. Today (Sunday) they took him to the Police clinic to treat him of wounds that he sustained because of the beating and torture. They locked him with hardened criminals,” the source said.
The Police spokesman, Zubairu, told journalists, “I don’t know about this matter. The headquarters here is not meant for detention. So, I am not sure if what you are saying is true. But I will call other DPOs and find out. I will get back to you later,” he said, and never did, or picked his calls afterwards.
Last year, El-Rufai dragged the Union Newspaper to court, asking to be paid damages over a story in which it claimed that El-Rufai had declared huge landed property and billions of Naira in his Asset Declaration form with the Code of Conduct Bureau.