Yobe State governor, Hon Mai Mala Buni, said he was not aware of the arrest of Abba Damaturu or anyone for criticising his government and has ordered for his immediate release.
A statement by the DG, Press and Media Affairs to the governor, Mamman Mohammed said, “There is no doubt that this is not in the character and personality of Governor Buni to harass or intimidate anyone. In fact, the likes of Abba Damaturu would be the last person Governor Buni will ever contemplate giving orders for his arrest. This is not in his character.
“We find it very worthless and unnecessary to join issues with comments on social media linking the arrest of Abba Damaturu with the state government.
“Therefore, it is misleading and a great disservice to assume and conclude that the said Abba was arrested because he criticised the government, and/or on the orders of the state government without establishing the reason(s) for his alleged arrest.
“We have deliberately refused to respond to some people who have recently wanted to drag the government into arguments to attract undue recognition and will not succumb to blackmail in this case, too,” the statement said.