by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Government official corruption critic and Kaduna-based multi-million naira business mogul, Alhaji Mahdi Shehu, has been reportedly arrested by security operatives.
He was allegedly arrested on Friday, 27th November, 2020, in Abuja by the police and has been in detention at Federal Bureau for Criminal Investigation, Area 10 Garki Abuja, for reasons yet to be disclosed.
Alhaji Shehu, a Katsina born realist, has been consistently critical on government, especially Katsina state, over alleged “monumental corruption” under the current administration of Governor Aminu Bello Masari.
A statement made available to Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Kaduna state council on weekend by Murtala Abubakar, an associate of Alhaji Shehu, confirmed the arrest, and described the action as an attempt to intimidate Mahdi from further exposing official corruption in Nigeria, particularly in Katsina state.
The statement reads, in parts: “Whistleblower Alhaji Mahdi Shehu was arrested Friday 27th Nov. in Abuja for undisclosed reason and has been in police detention at Federal Bureau for Criminal Investigation Area 10 Garki Abuja.
“Murtala Abubakar, one of his associates, confirmed the arrest as he described it as another form of intimidation effort designed to silence Mahdi from further exposing official corrupt tendencies in Nigeria, particularly in Katsina state where in recent time, he released a lot of hard evidence of acts of corruption perpetrated by officials of Katsina state government.
“Instead of the police authority to investigate and invite people that are links to those cases of corruption, the police now turn against the whistleblower for standing against corruption.
“This unfortunate development could discourage other citizens from coming forward to expose corrupt practices, the consequence of which could negate hugely on the present government’s anti-corruption war.
“Mahdi’s arrest was carried in Abuja at a venue of a seminar where he earlier made paper presentation as a resource person,” the statement added.