Nigeria: Musician kidnapped, found, later detained allegedly due to song

5 July 2016

ado dahiru daukaka
Musician Ado Daukaka was abducted in Adamawa State in north-eastern Nigeria in the early hours of 25 June 2016 just after the release of his latest anti-corruption song ‘Gyara Kayanka’ (‘Put your house in order’), and found five days later on 29 June 2016 unconscious in some bushes 80 kilometres away from state capital of Yola. However, less than a day after he was found, police detained Daukaka, Nigerian daily Premium Times reported 1 July 2016.

Family members claim the detention was due to a complaint filed by lawmaker Suleiman Alkali who represents Yola North in the state house assembly.

According to police spokesman Othman Abubakar, the singer was “invited to clarify some gray areas concerning his abduction”, but that the complaint lodged against him is a “different matter entirely”.

Alkali confirmed that Daukaka’s detention happened after his complaint, which he lodged as he believes the latest song on corruption and inefficiency ridicules him specifically:

Yes, it’s true that he was detained at the police headquarters following the complaint I lodged. I lodged [a] complaint against him; this is because they were peddling [the] rumour that I have [a] hand in his abduction. Firstly, I want him to explain to the police whether he was actually abducted or he ran and hid somewhere. Secondly, there was defamation of character against me in the song he composed that I built a brothel and was chasing women.

According to Daukaka’s relative, Atiku Mustapha, the abduction was in connection to the new song that “exposed corruption among legislators at the state house of assembly” and was perpetrated as “a warning to other critics like him”, reported Punch on 29 June 2016.

Daukaka told Nigerian news source The Whistler on 30 June 2016 that his captors played his new song before questioning and threatening him:

[They] warned me against putting my nose into other people’s business. They threatened me and said they would take my life and repeatedly asked why I was criticising politicians and warned me to stop or lose my life.

Daukaka was released on bail under orders to report back to police on 4 July 2016.


» Premium Times – 1 July 2016:
Adamawa singer, Daukaka, arrested after release by abductors

» The Whistler – 30 June 2016:
They warned me to stop or lose my life – singer cries out

» Sahara Reporters – 29 June 2016:
Missing Nigerian musician found, police confirm kidnapping

» Punch – 29 June 2016:
Kidnappers release Nigerian ‘anti-corruption’ musician

» Punch – 29 June 2016:
Nigerian musician goes missing after releasing anti-corruption song

» BBC – 29 June 2016:
Nigerian anti-corruption singer kidnapped

» Premium Times – 27 June 2016:
Musician goes missing in Adamawa after releasing anti-corruption song

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