The Kaduna State Government has denied allegations of its involvement in the reported abduction of Abubakar Idris Usman, popularly known as Dadiyata.
Dadiyata was abducted by yet to be identified assailants over a year ago. He was abducted from his residence in the Barnawa neighbourhood of the Kaduna metropolis.
He was returning home at about 1 a.m. when some armed men breached his home security and whisked him away in his BMW car, the state police said at the time.
It is almost a year since that happened; neither he nor his car has been found.
The state Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Aisha Dikko, disclosed this in a statement issued on Monday.
She said the state government does not know the whereabouts of Mr Dadiyata.
The statement said the state government had neither filed any complaint against Mr Dadiyata with the police, nor had it instituted a suit against him before the court.
“The Kaduna State Ministry of Justice wishes to state emphatically that the Kaduna State Government has no idea of the whereabouts of or any involvement whatsoever in the reported abduction of Abubakar Idris Usman, also known as Dadiyata.
“Anything to the contrary is a vile assertion that seeks to stretch the fact that he was abducted within Kaduna State to mean the involvement of the state government.
“Every citizen that the state government has reason to suspect has been involved in incitement, injurious falsehood or criminal defamation has been appropriately charged before the courts and afforded due process.
“The State Government has neither filed any complaint against Mr. Usman with the police nor has it instituted a suit against him before the court,” the statement said