Abducted Hausa singer speaks from hospital

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A popular musician in North-East, Ado Dahiru Daukaka, who was kidnapped days after releasing a scathing anti-graft song, was freed yesterday.

He went missing last Friday in Yola, Adamawa State capital, after he left his house to offer dawn prayers at a mosque.

Daukaka was discovered weak and famished early yesterday some 80 kilometres from his house in Lamurde village.

The singer said he believed his abduction was in connection with his new song that accuses politicians from the ruling party of corruption and predicts that they will be voted out of power in the 2019 election.

The song “Gyara Kayanka,” (Put your house in order), accuses local lawmakers of being selfish and corrupt.

Speaking from a hospital in Lamurde, Daukaka said: “They asked me why I sniff around other people’s affairs, which clearly shows that my kidnap had to do with my work as a singer.

“I was never physically harmed by my captors, but I was quite traumatised by being abducted and held captive.”

Hadiza Adamu, one of the singer’s two wives, who gave birth five days before he went missing, said: “My husband is not known to be at loggerheads with anyone.

The only explanation we could provide is that he could have angered some powerful interests with his songs.”

Adamawa State police spokesman, Othman Abubakar, said an investigation had been launched but declined to comment on if the disappea-rance was linked to the song.

Daukaka became popular following Nigeria’s return to civilian rule in 1999 with a hit in praise of then state governor, Murtala Nyako.