Zamfara Killings: A Family Friend Kidnapped Made Me Protest, Kadaria Ahmed Says

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Kadaria Ahmed

Kadaria Ahmed, the veteran journalist who led a protest on Saturday in Abuja over the spike in killings at her native Zamfara State, has revealed the reason why she fulminated.

Ms. Ahmed during the demonstration described Abdulaziz Yari, who pilots the affairs of the state, as the most useless governor nationwide.

She also pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in curtailing the situation.

After the protest, a Twitter user, Ladidi Ibrahim, shared a video of the demonstration alleging the journalist embarked on the protest due to an alleged brother of her that has been kidnapped.

The trending clip showed a supposed sister to Ahmed lamenting and lambasting Mr Buhari. The lamenter said her brother has been abducted and taken into captivity by bandits who are demanding a N200 million ransom.

Responding through her verified handle at the micro-blogging site, Ahmed described the report that her brother was abducted as fake news, hinting that it was not her brother that was kidnapped but a close family friend hence her decision to condemn the rise in crime.

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“Actually all my brothers are at home. Stop spreading fake news,” the journalist told the purveyor, adding that, “…A close family friend is and out of what we call kara in Hausa we all call him brother…”

When POLITICS TIMES placed calls to her known telephone numbers seeking clarifications Sunday evening, they were either switched off or not reachable as at press time.

The journalist who moderated the town hall meetings for this year’s presidential candidate has been criticized by Nigerians for keeping silence when same situation occurred in other states of the federation only to react because her family friend suffered same fate.