Bauchi Lawmaker Drags WikkiTimes Publisher to Court for Republishing Investigation Exposing Scandal In His Constituency

Abdullahi Sa’ad Abdulkadir, a member representing Ningi/Warji constituency in the federal House of Representatives has dragged Haruna Salisu Mohammed to court over an investigation his platform, WikkiTimes, republished from Xchange Hama Media.

The investigation, exposed how the lawmaker allegedly facilitated the award of a dubious road project in his constituency.

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It further documented that Baba Iyali, as he is fondly called, remained a shadow of his former self even after funds were released to Ree Engineering LTD and First Brick Construction LTD, using two different nomenclature, presumably to facilitate the release and diversion of funds in April 2021 and September 2021 respectively.

The lawmaker, however, sued Haruna whose platform published the investigation. Haruna was sued alongside two others — Aminu Adamu Ganye and Umar Ibrahim Disina — from Xchange Hama Media.

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According to the lawmaker, who is vying for a seat in the forthcoming 2023 elections, the investigation tarnished his image and put him into ridicule by his constituents.

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In the petition with a suit number; BA/35/22, the lawmaker demanded the court to among other things order the defendants to retract the story, tender an apology, and collectively pay a sum of N5.5 million.

The case is expected to be mentioned for hearing on Wednesday, December 7, 2022.


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