Thursday, June 30, 2016

Nigerian Musician Kidnapped After His Anti-corruption Songs Narrates Ordeal from Hospital

Popular Nigerian musician in Adamawa State, Ado Daukaka, who was kidnapped few hours after his new song which condemned corrupt practices hit the airwave, has spoken out on his ordeal at the hospital after he was released from his captors.
Ado Daukaka at the hospital bed
 
It was widely reported online and on social media a few days ago that a prominent local Hausa musician in Adamawa State, Ado Dahiru Daukaka, went missing under mysterious circumstances few hours after releasing“Gyara Kayanka,” (Put your house in order) - a song against corruption and incompetence of some elected politicians of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in his state.
 
It was also reported yesterday that the popular North-East musician who was kidnapped days after releasing a scathing anti-graft song which predicts that the selfish and corrupt politicians will be voted out of power in the 2019 election, was finally freed by his abductors after he went missing last Friday in Yola, the Adamawa State capital.
 
Speaking from a hospital in Lamurde, Daukaka who was discovered weak and famished early yesterday some 80 kilometres from his house in Lamurde village, said: “They asked me why I sniff around other people’s affairs, which clearly shows that my kidnap had to do with my work as a singer.

“I was never physically harmed by my captors, but I was quite traumatised by being abducted and held captive.”
 
Speaking further, Hadiza Adamu, one of the singer’s two wives, who gave birth five days before he went missing, said: 
 
“My husband is not known to be at loggerheads with anyone. The only explanation we could provide is that he could have angered some powerful interests with his songs.” 
 
Othman Abubakar, the Adamawa State police spokesman, said an investigation had been launched but declined to comment on if the disappearance was linked to the song. 
 
Daukaka became popular following Nigeria’s return to civilian rule in 1999 with a hit in praise of then state governor, Murtala Nyako.

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