President of Chocolate City Group, Audu Maikori has been awarded N10.5 million in damages in lawsuit against the Kaduna State Government.
Maikori had been arrested in Lagos in 2017 by a team of policemen and transferred to the Force Headquarters in Abuja on the others of Kaduna state governor Nasir El-Rufai.
The state government accused the music executive of misinforming the public via his tweets on the killings in Southern Kaduna.
On Friday, an Appeal Court upheld the ruling of the Federal High Court that the state government violated the rights of Maikori when it arrested him.
The court assessed damages at N10.5 million in favour of Maikori. The appeal court reduced the damages awarded by the high court from N40 million to N10.5 million.
In the report which was published on his Twitter page, Maikori had allegedly posted that some Southern Kaduna students were killed by Fulani herdsmen, for which he later apologised, stressing that his driver had misinformed him.
He was subsequently arrested in Lagos and transferred to Force Headquarters in Abuja for interrogation where he was eventually released on bail and cleared of any complicity by the Police Force headquarters.
Audu Maikori was then rearrested and taken to Kaduna where he was detained for four days before he was charged to court. He was later granted bail by the court on health ground.