Audu Maikori Reportedly Diagnosed with Respiratory Infection in Detention
President of Chocolate City Group, Audu Maikori was transported to a police medical facility Friday night, The Signal reports.
Audu who was arrested for the second time on Friday over alleged incitement to violence, was said to have been diagnosed with respiratory infection while in detention.
Recall that Audu fainted during the 2017 Annual Conference of Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ) last Tuesday at Shell Hall, Muson centre, Lagos. He was rushed to St. Nicholas Hospital where he was discharged two days later.
Speaking to Premium Times on Sunday, Kaduna Police spokesperson Aliyu Usman said: “We’re not aware of his arrest.”
While the police has denied involvement in his arrest, a source told Premium Times that “Other government agencies, like the SSS, might have arrested him and placed him in a police cell.”
Audu’s lawyer Mark Jacobs had said that the Kaduna State government is preparing to arraign him today (Monday).
Audu was initially arrested over a story he published late January on the killing of five students of College of Education, Gidan-Waya, Kaduna. It turned out the story was false and he later published a retraction and issued an apology.
He was subsequently arrested on February 17 and was released on bail 24 hours later.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai had, during the just concluded Social Media Week, said that Audu will be prosecuted for spreading false stories capable of inciting retaliatory attacks in the ongoing crisis in Southern Kaduna.