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Audu Maikori speaks after his Release as Police prepares for His Prosecution

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Chocolate City boss Audu Maikori has released his first statement after his arrest and subsequent release by the police.

Audu was arrested on Friday for publishing a false story on the killing of five students of College of Education, Gidan-Waya.

Audu had also written an apology, retracting his statements.

The arrest triggered the #FreeAudu social media campaign.

Advocacy champion, Oby Ezekwesili also weighed in on the matter, by persuading Governor El-Rufai of Kaduna to facilitate his release, adding that it should be seen as a lesson to the public and everyone involved.

According to Punch Newspaper, The Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, said Maikori is being investigated over his inflammatory tweets, adding that he would be prosecuted as soon as investigations are over.

“He (Maikori) is under investigation. He will be arraigned in court on completion of investigation,” Moshood stated on Saturday

Audu took his twitter to release a series of tweets in which he said he was released because of the support of Nigerians, and he didn’t take the support lightly.

See tweets below

15 Comments

  1. xplorenollywood.com

    February 19, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    So why the delay in picking him up though after all his tweets where 2 weeks before arrest? Were they that incitful? Why the message to all friends and follows to pull down their messages? Hmmmm… while I would like us to tread with caution, I worry that shutting us down isn’t the way forward FG!

  2. nwa nna

    February 19, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    I believe that social media can be a very powerful and effective platform for sharing info.. However, people should exercise some restraints rather we’re quick to jump on social media and type all sorts of stuff without really thinking through the potential consequences and ramifications of the info being shared..
    In the case if Audu, if he had just taken the time to contact the actual school in question and spoken to the principal or certain stakeholders at the school he could have verified the authenticity of what his driver shared with him but he chose not to..
    This should serve as lesson to all the twitter fingers out there that are always itching to share stuff on social media without thinking it through.
    Freedom of speech doesn’t mean we should just type BS or say BS because that’s what comes to mind, we ought to use some common sense.

    • Mannie

      February 19, 2017 at 7:35 pm

      Although there’s a benefit to using common sense, freedom of speech secures our ability to discuss of matters that seem banal and trivial and even false or offensive. It is a double-edged sword and should be treated as such. Anything beyond that would restrain and freedom secured in the idea of freedom of speech.

    • Dami

      February 19, 2017 at 8:27 pm

      I agree to an extent that we have to be careful before posting on social media but we are not addressing the bigger issue here. There’s killing happening in Kaduna, maybe not at the specific college Audu mentioned. The fact remain Fulani herdsmen are killing people all over Nigeria in which the government refuse to address. The government is trying to digress from the real issue.
      And why are Nigerian citizens so quick to be arrested and prosecuted? Does the law only apply to certain people not the criminals, thieves, liars in government who get away with everything. Where is the fair justice here? If they want to follow rule of law and exclude themselves, then it’s unacceptable.
      This administration is playing on our intelligence and emotions. They know their citizens too well, Nigerians fear authority. They are coming with ways to actually silent citizens from speaking up with intimidation. During the 2face protest, the police commissioners gave their lame excuse about security. And guess what, he backed out. Now, they are hiding under Audu Makairo posting false information when the bottom line of it, is the fact that he spoke up about the killings going on in Kaduna.

    • Lailatu

      February 19, 2017 at 9:57 pm

      Thank you Dami, the killing of defenseless Nigerians is the bigger issue.

    • Jade edo babe

      February 20, 2017 at 12:49 am

      If i can like your comment a million times i will. You spoke nothing but the truth. Bhari’s is running this like his military days. There’s a trend now, if you speak up in general about Buhari, the north and fulani herdsmen get ready to be arrested. Na wa o, this is what naija has turned to. I’m not jonathan’s big fan but there was press/media freedom. This is not the CHaNGE nigerians supported.

    • nwa nna

      February 20, 2017 at 1:45 am

      @Dami,
      I completely agree with you, but there’s a flip side to people sharing unverifiable info on social media. When the sheep cries wolf and we all take up arms only to find out there’s no wolf, the next time the wolf actually attacks, and the sheep cries wolf we are likely to ignore that cry based on previous history.. There lies the issue with Audu’s tweet, he has lost credibility with this one incident even though he meant well.
      The reason BBOG social media campaign was effective was because whenever madam Oby tweeted info, it was backed up with verifiable data making it hard for the FGN to shut them down or call them bluff.. The FGN threatened them but couldn’t really do anything because they knew and understood that the government had no leg to stand on if it decided to arrest any of the BBOG key players..

    • mua

      February 20, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      I love your comment and totally agree with you, but we should all learn to refer to these evil perpetrators as herdsmen and not “fulani herdsmen”, as not all herdsmen are fulanis.

    • sharon

      February 20, 2017 at 1:03 pm

      How about the BS inciteful statement our president made before he was elected? Or have we forgotten about baboons and dogs being soaked in blood? This selective prosecution has got to stop.

  3. Ides of March

    February 19, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Justice is very swift except for those who are stealing the country’s commonwealth. Just Ridiculous!

  4. Victor Adegoke

    February 19, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    Thank God for Audu’s release and Thank God for the Social Media harsh tag. #freeAudu. It worked.

  5. artklub

    February 19, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    Shame on that short governor guy in Kaduna and the police that arrested Audu. You guys are rogues, thieves, imbeciles, losers and you are SCARED! Thats why you think you can control people with fear. Chop Knuckle!

  6. Moniker

    February 19, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    My joy is that we will make the same change come 2019… But my fear is, will it be like 2015? When these same people were opposition, there was nothing they didn’t say or tweet, nobody arrested or detained them. Now they are at th e centre, they forget it isn’t as easy as they thought. Whether or not what Audu’s driver said is true, we all know lives mean nothing if you are not connected to the top. May we never repeat this mistake again

  7. Martins

    February 20, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Gifty gets evicted from Big Brother and Nigerians are happy

  8. LEE

    February 20, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    I just love this Audu Maikori guy……
    His looks are killing Moi

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