Nigerian government critic Abubakar Idris, popularly known as Dadiyata, is still missing three months after he was abducted from his home at Barnawa area of Kaduna State on August 1.
“As he was about to lock the gate, two men accosted him and took him away in his car,” Dadiyata’s wife told Premium Times in August.
Dadiyata, a lecturer at the Federal University Dutsinma, Katsina State, and supporter of former Kano State governor Rabiu Kwakwanso, is a critic of the All Progressive Congress and the APC governor in Kano State Umar Ganduje.
Kwankwaso, a former ally of the incumbent Kano State governor, was a member of the ruling APC until 2018. He was two times Governor of Kano State from 1999 to 2003 and 2011 to 2015.
Ganduje served as deputy governor under Kwankwaso from 2011 to 2015, when both men were members of the APC. However, their relationship became acrimonious after Ganduje succeeded Kwankwaso in 2015 and they have since remained rivals.
Kidnap or arrest?
One of the major uncertainties around Dadiyata’s disappearance is if he was kidnapped or arrested.
With freedom of expression under threat in the country, there are claims that Dadiyata disappearance may not be unconnected to his criticisms of the APC government in Kano State.
The opposition People’s Democratic Party described Dadiyata’s disappearance as an “apparent desperation to intimidate, suppress and silence public opinion and free speech in Nigeria as well as to further entrench a siege mentality on our citizenry.”