By: Bomba Dauda
The Southern Kaduna People’s Union, SOKAPU, described the accusation made by the Kaduna state police command to the President, Adara Development Association, ADA, Mr. Awemi Dio Maisamari as “untrue and misleading.”
SOKAPU made these press statement yesterday, saying,
“We read a very shocking Press Statement issued on the 29th May, 2020, by the Kaduna State Police Command and signed by its Spokesman, ASP Mohammed Jalige on behalf of his principal, Kaduna State Police Commissioner, CP UM Muri.”
SOKAPU went further, “In the statement, the police strongly descended on the President of Adara Development Association (ADA) Mr Awemi Dio Maisamari said he that he issued a press statement on the 28th May, 2020 in which the police accused him of making ‘fake and malicious” statement claiming that 20 persons were killed after the 12-13th May, 2020 violence that engulfed Gonan Rogo, Makyali and Unguwan Rana communities all in Kajuru LGA, in Southern parts of the state. Though the police agreed that 27 persons were killed in the invasion of these villages, it nonetheless vehemently denied any further attack in other communities within the Local Government after that.
“The Command not only threatened to arrest and prosecute those it accused of spreading fake news, but warned journalists of dire consequences of reporting such news.
“Disturbed by this strong assertion of the police, SOKAPU has made its findings and wishes to say with all sense of responsibility that Mr Awemi Dio Maisamari, the President of ADA, never issued any Press Statement on the 28th May, 2020 for the police to come out the next day so tough on him and journalists. The curious accusation of the police is totally untrue and misleading.”