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Audu Maikori has been Released

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Chocolate City boss, Audu Maikori who was arrested by the police on Friday – February 17th, has been released.

A Tweet by his colleague, M.I disclosed the information on Saturday.

This is coming after a series of tweets by Advocacy champion, Oby Ezekwesili.

Ezekwesili had said that she persuaded the Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai to facilitate Audu’s release after she discovered he was arrested.

Audu was said to be  arrested for publishing a story on the killing of five students of College of Education, Gidan-Waya, Kaduna.

Audu said that his driver related the story to him, adding that the driver told him his (driver’s) brother was among the victims. Turned out the story was false; Audu apologised and retracted the statement.

Read Ezekwesili’s tweets below:

Audu this apology helps as an entry point to lessons of yesterday’s event which I only caught up on very late & my call to Governor of Kaduna  (Nasir El-Rufai) today.

I urged the Governor of Kaduna (Nasir El-Rufai)  to get Audu out & he replied that his policy of Consequences was important for stemming killings in #SouthernKaduna.

(Nasir El-Rufai) stated that the actions for which Audu apologized inflamed the #SouthKaduna conflict more & so the law taking its course.

I asked (Nasir El-Rufai) to consider Audu’s apology and his unfortunate arrest as a TEACHABLE MOMENT for both the Government & everyone.

People already know how stridently I insist on EVIDENCE-BASED ADVOCACY. WE all must take a LESSON from this. #LESSON

There’s no basis for a Govt clamp down on Citizens’ FACT-BASED advocacy on ANY ISSUE. So Audu admitted he was WRONG. Accept it (Nasir El-Rufai).

I told (Nasir El-Rufai) that it was best to FREE Audu & use this as the Govt’s POLICY MOMENT to get its MESSAGE of CONSEQUENCES thru to Public.

(Nasir El-Rufai) stated that he had personally reached out asking Audu to not post those particularly untrue stories but he had continued.

I pressed on the NECESSITY for (Nasir El-Rufai) to act to FREE Audu and allow all sides to LEARN the RIGHT LESSON from this painful episode.

At the end of our discussion, (Nasir El-Rufai) agreed to ACT and FREE Audu quickly and end this unfortunate development. WILL WATCH OUT FOR IT.

(Nasir El-Rufai) had stated that @Audu would be charged to court on Monday. I urged that since he already apologized, Police can CAUTION & RELEASE.

Upon release today, I very much hope that (Nasir El-Rufai) and Audu can find points of COLLABORATION on #SouthernKaduna after this sad episode.

All folks on the two sides of the divide baying for blood really must know that Nigeria CANNOT SURVIVE a Religious War. Shield YOUR SWORDS.

Soon, our Land SHALL SURELY be HEALED of the TOXIN of HATE that has become the medium of communication and resolution of disagreements.

All folks on the two sides of the divide baying for blood really must know that Nigeria CANNOT SURVIVE a Religious War. Sheath YOUR SWORDS.

15 Comments

  1. Nakoms

    February 18, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Very good thing that he has been released.

    Mr Makori should now use his freedom to fight for the release of his driver who has been languishing in jail, because if he hadn’t popularised the beer parlour gist of an illiterate driver without verifying the facts of the matter the poor man will not have been arrested. To think that he has slept comfortably while his Driver has been in jail all this while is in poor taste. Abi the driver nu be important kpeson?!

    I say #freethedriver

  2. EC

    February 18, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    People cannot speak again in this country again. This military tactic to scare people will not work

  3. Lailatu

    February 18, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Are people being killed in s/Kd or not? El-Rufai should show he is serious about his policy of consequences by arresting the killers and not paying them off. This isn’t Nazi Germany and you can’t clamp down people.

  4. Author Unknown

    February 18, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    Why Nigerians believe we have freedom of speech still baffles me. Until we realise that we still have a long trek ahead to becoming a civilised nation, let’s continue to deceive ourselves. Freedom of Speech without Rule of Law?

  5. Lala

    February 18, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    Audu mislead Nigerians with false information. I do not think “freedom of speech” means intentionally or unintentionally misleading people with false information. I am glad he has been released.

    • Lala

      February 18, 2017 at 10:44 pm

      Misled

    • Lala

      February 18, 2017 at 11:16 pm

      Oh boy or girl, why are you using my name and avatar? Biko desist!

    • Lala2

      February 19, 2017 at 12:23 am

      Lol. I desist.

  6. Ottawa Queen

    February 19, 2017 at 2:06 am

    Why do I have this feeling that the condition of his release was for him to come out refuting the story and apologizing! This govt would go to any extent to cover up things. Same way they shut Tubaba up on the protest! Thank God others were not carried away by their dictatorship and still carried out the protest.

    • le coco

      February 19, 2017 at 4:45 am

      But he refuted the story long be free the arrest.. The public apology was enough.. Our government were just being petty… what violence did his statement incite? El Rufai is a bigot

    • le coco

      February 19, 2017 at 9:50 am

      Before*

  7. meelikey

    February 19, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    To think that a miscreant is behind Audu’s arrest is disheartening ,guess some are above the law but not above Jehovah

  8. Ekwu

    February 19, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    Audu APOLOGIZED PUBLICLY before now. Yet El Rufai had to show him he had power. I wonder why El Rufai is not quick to arrest the rampaging murderers of Souther Kaduna residents?

    On another note – Who would’ve thought El Rufai could act power drunk?

    I am only relieved he is doing all this now so we know to reject any attempted talk about his running for presidency!

    • saide

      February 20, 2017 at 9:14 am

      “who wud hav tot elrufai cud act power drunk’ ask abj residents.he’s power wasted!

  9. artklub

    February 19, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    they should get ready to start arresting millions of nigerians online because they cannot stop us from talking.

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